“A NEW SOLAR OR RENEWABLE ZONE POLICY” IN THE MAKING, LAND ACQUISITION IN IT WILL BE LEFT WITH THE DEVELOPERS IN FULL CONSENSUS WITH FARMERS, CENTRE WILL HAVE THIRD PARTY ROLE IN IT: SECRETARY MNRE

“A NEW SOLAR OR RENEWABLE ZONE POLICY” IN THE MAKING, LAND ACQUISITION IN IT WILL BE LEFT WITH THE DEVELOPERS IN FULL CONSENSUS WITH FARMERS, CENTRE WILL HAVE THIRD PARTY ROLE IN IT: SECRETARY MNRE

“A NEW SOLAR OR RENEWABLE ZONE POLICY” IN THE MAKING, LAND ACQUISITION IN IT WILL BE LEFT WITH THE DEVELOPERS IN FULL CONSENSUS WITH FARMERS, CENTRE WILL HAVE THIRD PARTY ROLE IN IT: SECRETARY MNRE

 

No.PR-94
September 15, 2015
New Delhi

 

“A NEW SOLAR OR RENEWABLE ZONE POLICY” IN THE MAKING, LAND ACQUISITION IN IT WILL BE LEFT WITH THE DEVELOPERS IN FULL CONSENSUS WITH FARMERS, CENTRE WILL HAVE THIRD PARTY ROLE IN IT: SECRETARY MNRE
 

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will gradually develop “A New Solar or Renewable Zone Policy” in due course in which the accountability and responsibility for land acquisition be laid with developers of proposed zones and that the Centre will have no role in such land acquisition process, according to its Secretary Mr. Upendra Tripathi.
 

Inaugurating a Conference on “Plung-and-Play mode Solar Parks in India-Opportunities and Way Forward” under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today, Mr. Tripathi also disclosed that the his ministry would shortly release Rs.1,074 crores to States of Tamilnadu and Rajasthan for setting up of green energy corridor since the two have progressed on front of creation of green energy corridors.
 

“The New Solar or Renewable Zone Policy” will, however, happen following take off the existing solar parks mission of the government as 14 states have already been given approvals to set up solar parks and four more exhibited a fresh interest for creation such facilities to lighten their states.   After this work is completed, the ministry would evolve the “A New Solar or Renewable Zone Policy” in which the land acquisition would be effectively done by developers in consensus with farmers and that the Centre will perform a role of third party in such process”, said Mr. Tripathi.
 

The Secretary indicated that this route could be explored to escape the provisions of existing Land Acquisition Act.
 

On the issue of setting up of green energy corridors, Mr. Tripathi explained that states such as Tamilnadu and Rajasthan have been showing progressive report on this front and thus the Centre would shortly release an amount of Rs.637 crores and Rs.437 crores to the respective states.
 

The Secretary elaborated that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy expected a total of Rs.36,000 crores of public investment forthcoming into setting up of green energy corridors across the high density solar fed states of the country and the amount of Rs.1,074 crores is part of it.
 

Managing Director and Director Solar, Solar Energy Corporation of India, Dr. Ashvini Kumar in his observations felt that the harnessing of renewable sources has been progressing in India in the modest pace in its earlier part and this pace has begun to grow thicker as the days are advancing in view of its potential and perenniallity.
 

Among others who participated in the Conference comprised the Immediate former President of the PHD Chamber Mr. Sharad Jaipuria who in his welcome remarks appreciated the efforts of the government for renewable energy resource harnessing along with its Banking Committee Chairman, Mr. Sanjeev Gupta and Director, Dr. Ranjeet Mehta.
 

ENDS

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)