The Rajasthan Excessive Courtroom has dismissed petitions filed by the Jal Grahan Vikas Sanstha and villagers of Riwadi within the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, difficult the state authorities’s resolution to allot land to SBE Renewables Ten Initiatives for a photo voltaic undertaking.

The court docket directed the petitioners to pay an quantity of ₹50,000 (~$639), which shall be deposited with the Rajasthan State Authorized Companies Authority, failing which the District Collector, Jaisalmer, ought to take steps for restoration of the cash. The court docket additionally requested the authorities to make sure no individuals with vested pursuits hinder the commissioning of the photo voltaic initiatives within the space.


The Photo voltaic Power Company of India (SECI) issued the letter of award to SBE Renewables Ten Initiatives to arrange an interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected wind-solar hybrid energy initiatives (Tranche-I) of 450 MW capability.

The facility buy settlement (PPA) was signed on December 31, 2019, between SECI and the photo voltaic undertaking developer, and the undertaking was to be commissioned inside 18 months. This date was later prolonged to June 2022 due to the intervening scenario created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The state authorities had authorized the allotment of land to the corporate on lease. The petitioners opposed the allotment of the land.

The petitioners mentioned that the motion of the district collector, Jaisalmer, to allot the land, other than being unlawful, was additionally extremely detrimental to the areas of the Riwadi as a result of it will adversely have an effect on the conservation of land and hinder the free circulate and assortment of rainwater.

The state authorities, in its reply, mentioned that the whole chunk of land allotted was owned by it, and any restricted class of water our bodies lined no a part of it. The land allotted to the photo voltaic firm was entered as ‘banjar’ (fallow) within the income data.

The petitioners argued that the land in query was lined by prohibited classes below the related statutes and never out there for allotment.

Courtroom’s evaluation

The court docket mentioned there had been intentional concealment of details by the petitioners. It noticed that the petitioners had argued that the land in query comprised of catchment areas, water tanks, and ponds, and thus, below the restrictions imposed by the Guidelines of 2007, the land was not out there for allotment.

The Excessive Courtroom rejected the rivalry that the land in query was within the class of restricted land

It additionally mentioned that the village Riwadi was positioned within the excessive western a part of the state lined below the Thar Desert. As such, no vital greenery or foliage ever existed within the space.

Not too long ago, the Rajasthan Cupboard determined to allot 2,397.54 hectares of presidency land in Bandha village of Jaisalmer district to Adani Renewables’ particular function automobile — Adani Renewable Power Holding 4, to arrange a 1,000 MW solar energy undertaking.

Earlier, the Rajasthan Excessive Courtroom had canceled the allotment of public utility land measuring 1,452 bighas (581.56 acres) close to Pokhran in Jaisalmer to the Adani Renewable Power Park.

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