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Telangana govt not to acquire land for solar power developers

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on January 20, 2018

All help under solar power policy promised





The Telangana government has ruled out any intervention in the purchase of land by developers for solar power projects.

The Principal Secretary, Industries, Commerce and Energy, Arvind Kumar, however, assured them that the government would extend all possible help under the solar power policy to expedite the projects.

50 MW target

Under the policy, the government intends to create 50 MW installed capacity. Several companies have bid and won rights to develop solar power and supply to the grid.

At a meeting with 24 solar power developers, Kumar said the difficulties being faced by them at the implementation level would be addressed. Several of them sought extension of time for the execution of the projects as land acquisition was getting delayed.

While some sought enhancement of the five-acre ceiling, others wanted certain standard operating procedures to be formulated to liberalise the procedure for approvals.

The Industries Secretary said that under the TS-IPASS, solar power developers could apply for all clearances simultaneously. They do not need clearances from the Pollution Control Board or the Fire Services.

The technical approval issued by Town and Country Planning Department and urban development bodies will be released by the TS IPASS committee after collecting the fee to be paid to the gram panchayat. The developers need not apply for NOC from the gram panchayat.

Published on May 13, 2016

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