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Raj HC temporarily stays Adani’s 1500 MW solar energy power project

Raj HC temporarily stays Adani's 1500 MW solar energy power project

Raj HC temporarily stays Adani’s 1500 MW solar energy power project near Pokhran

JODHPUR: Raj HC temporarily stays Adani’s 1500 MW solar energy power project near Pokhran – After applying stay on Adani group’s venture project by Rajasthan supreme court on Tuesday with the government for building a 1500 MW solar power park near Pokhran in Jaisalmer, also sought the Rajasthan government’s stand on a petition by local farmers challenging the allocation of nearly 990 hectares of agricultural land to the private business house for executing the solar power project.

As the stand of project executant Adani Renewable Energy Park Rajasthan Limited on the farmers’ petition and ordered established order and bench of justices Sangeet Lodha and Rameshwar Vyas also sought over the project land and slated Michaelmas for further hearing of the petition.

The bench slated Michaelmas for subsequent hearing on Rajasthan Additional Advocate General Rekha Borana’s plea for 2 weeks to file a reply to the petition.

Status quo has got to be maintained in reference to the land allocated to the project executants, said the bench, while also seeking the Adani business group’s stand on the farmers’ petition, challenging the high court’s single-judge bench order, giving a go-ahead to the project.

With a complete of 6,115 bighas (989.50 hectares) land in Nedan village of Pokhran tehsil to AREPRL, the Rajasthan government had in 2018 allocated for executing a 1500 MW solar power project at the value of Rs 13.48 crore.

The allocation of the land has been challenged by Nedan villagers, questioning the allotment of the agricultural land for the facility project after changing the character of the land to barren one, said petitioners’ counsel Moti Singh Rajpurohit.

Rajpurohit said the land had been allotted to the corporate in violation of the many laws and bye-laws in January 2018 for the establishment of the solar power park, and the land might be allotted only to Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation or Rajasthan Solar Park Development Corporation as per the Rajasthan Land Revenue Rules 2007, and to not any private player or investor directly,” said Rajpurohit.

As the Revenue Department changed the character of the land to barren priorly the land is cultivable land in revenue records but through an executive order on May 30, 2017, giving sanction for the allotment of the land for the establishment of the solar power park.

Few purposes which too cultivable, couldn’t be allotted for the other purpose,” said Rajpurohit, asserting that this complete 6115 bigha of land was neither waste land nor barren and therefore the petitioners had been cultivating this land for ages.

For allotment of the land for fixing of solar plant in violation of the Rajasthan Land Revenue (Allotment of Land for Agriculture Purposes) Rules 1970, in 2015 and challenged the allotment of the land for executing an influence project contending that it’ll have a fatal impact on the conservation of the good Indian Bustard (GIB), the state bird of Rajasthan.

The land is near to Rasla Park, reserved for the conservation of the GIB, the project would harm the efforts for conservation of the bird,” Rajpurohit said. CORR RAX RAX

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