Assam to Develop 50 MW Solar Energy Project on Recovered Land

Jan 13, 2023 11:44 AM ET
  • Assam state cabinet has decided to develop a 50 MW solar power plant on a vast 1000 bigha of land in Barchalla.
  • The government expects that this will further protect the area from any possibility of future encroachment.

The state government of Assam has actually decided to develop a 50 MW solar energy plant on a vast 1000 bigha of land in Barchalla of Sonitpur district. The vast location was removed in an eviction drive last year by the government.

The government determined for the 50 MW solar project at a state cabinet conference that was chaired by Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister of Assam.

Assam Tourism Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah claimed in a press conference after the cabinet conference, "We will certainly make a 50 MW solar park at Barchalla, where an eviction drive occurred last year. This will certainly further protect the area from any kind of possibility of future encroachment."

The Assam government removed the 299 families that had actually inhabited the general public residential or commercial property as well as living illegally on the general public arrive on September 3 last year via a major eviction drive.

The Assam state cabinet also offered a nod to the installation of clever electrical power meters in 44 lakh households of the state. This will certainly come with an expenditure of Rs 4,362 crore. This subsequently, is expected to develop employment opportunities for 5,000 technicians as well as 2,000 research agents.

Under the ongoing Sagarmala project, the state government will certainly likewise be building a shut river circuit that will connect 5 pilgrimages of Assam namely, Kamakhya, Doul Gobinda, Ashwaklanta, Umananda and Pandu Nath. Baruah claimed, "A ferry will connect these locations through a hop-on hop-off service. It will be a joint venture between the state government and also the Centre. The state will certainly have 45 per cent share, as well as 55 percent will be held by the Centre."

The Assam Power Distribution Company Minimal (APDCL) had actually recently released a consultancy tender for a 1 GW grid-connected solar project in the Karbi Anglong area. The Asian Development Bank will certainly give financing for the solar project using the 'Mukhya Mantri Sauro Shakti Prokolpo' program.

The state has actually also inked an agreement with SECI to develop 1000 MW of Floating Solar Energy Projects in Assam via a Joint Venture Company.

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