Karnataka: ‘If Pavagada farmers refuse to lease land for solar park…’
Minister for Energy D.K. Shivakumar has said the government will find alternative land if farmers refuse to lease their property for the proposed 2,000 MW solar park in Pavagada taluk of Tumakuru district. Mr. Shivakumar is part of the cabinet sub-committee studying the drought situation in the State. “If farmers don’t lease their land by May 31, we will look for some other land for the purpose,” he said during a visit to Pavagada taluk on Tuesday. He said the solar park will come up on 11,000 acres, covering five villages (Thirumani, Valluru, Balasamudra, Rayacherlu and Kyataganacherlu). He added that 8,400 acres have already been given on lease to the State government. The owners will get around Rs. 21,000 per acre per year, which will hiked by five per cent once in two years.
Of the 11,000 acres, sub-stations and offices will come up on 1,000 acres. Mr. Shivakumar claimed that there is no shortage of power in the State. For irrigation, three-phase power is being supplied for six to seven hours. There is enough power to ensure supply of drinking water, he added.