ITER has started the assembly of the tokamak, the world’s largest fusion reactor and 35 countries including India are part of the project

In its quest to use science for producing “abundant clean and sustainable source of energy,” India has become a part of the mega-project of the assembly of the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor, according to a DNA report.

Located in Saint-Paul-lès-Durance, Provence, southern France, the project is led by International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) which is funded by the European Union, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. Along with India, 34 other countries are part of the project, said the report.

The aim of the project, work on which commenced on Tuesday, is to build the “world’s largest tokamak or a magnetic fusion reactor for large-scale and carbon-free source of energy,” DNA reported.

Different components of the reactor will be put in place piece by piece to complete the sequence, said the report.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the project, “extraordinary vision and ambition and unparalleled scale and complexity.” By seeking to emulate the sun's energy production on earth it is attempting the task of cosmic proportions, PM Modi was quoted saying in the DNA report. The Indian Ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf delivered his message.

Modi also appreciated the “valuable contribution” of the Indian scientists in “development and fabrication,” according to the report.

Read the complete report in DNA