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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