Rajasthan HC rejects PIL against land allocation to solar companies

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Strong points :

  • Rajasthan HC imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the petitioners.
  • The amount of the penalty must be deposited within 30 days at the State Legal Services Authority of Rajasthan.

The High Court of Rajasthan dismissed a PIL protesting the allocation of land to solar companies in the Fatehgarh area and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the petitioners.

A Divisional Bench consisting of Judge Vinod Bharvani and Judge Sandeep Mehta issued an order on March 31 and dismissed the PIL and ordered the petitioners to file the penalty amount within 30 days with the Legal Services Authority of the state of Rajasthan.

M/s SBE Renewable Dus Project Pvt. Ltd (Adani Group) has been awarded government land for the installation of a 420 MW solar power plant in Rivdi village, Fatehgarh sub-division of Jaisalmer.

SBE Renewables Ten Pvt Ltd has planned to develop a 450 MW wind-solar hybrid park in Jaisalmer & Barmer district in Rajasthan. The electricity generated from the proposed solar hybrid project will be procured by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) awarded to the project company through a competitive bidding process on the basis of “Build, Own , to exploit “.

For the evacuation of electricity from the proposed project, SBE Renewables Ten Pvt Ltd has proposed to develop a 220 kV single, dual and multi-circuit transmission line that will connect SBE Renewables PSS in Rivari Village, Fategarh Taluka, District from Jaisalmer to Fatehgarh-II PSS in Savantha Fategarh Taluka village, Jaisalmer district of Power Grid Corporation India Limited (known as PGCIL).

Challenging this allotment order, Jal Grahan Vikas Sansthan Rivdi, a Kshetrapal Paliwal and others filed a PIL in 2021 and requested the reversal of this allotment. In the petition, it was said that the land is a watershed and that it includes ponds and drains. This is dangerous for the environment and should therefore be cancelled.

After the hearing, the division said that the petitioners filed the petition without any reason, which is not only against the energy policy but also against the benefits of renewable energy.

The companies lawyer argued that the guidelines and new law issued by the central government in 2007 to improve renewable energy and the same was adopted by the government of Rajasthan and on 22nd February 2017 issued an amended notification for power plant shutdown. based on renewable energy.

Under this, in Fatehgarh region, solar companies are allocated barren and infertile land.

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