India

India

KARNATAKA INITIATIVE

In an attempt to get the market moving in Karnataka by short cutting the slow state administration, potential wind developers are considering pooling resources with the electric utility for a road building programme. The proposal was made at a recent meeting between developers and the Karnataka Electricity Board. So far only 2 MW of wind plant has been installed in the state, though there are many projects in the pipeline. Forest clearance for these projects has proceeded at an alarming pace; hardly a tree remains in the windy areas of Jogamatti and Kapatgudda. Developers have suggested the government make re-forestation a mandatory part of any wind farm package requiring tree cutting.

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