In a significant development, a sprawling land parcel spanning 1,500 acres has been allocated to the Maharashtra State Electricity Development Corporation Ltd (MSEDCL) for the establishment of a solar power project in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar. The announcement was made by Dr. Bhagwat Karad, the Union Minister of State for Finance.
Dr. Karad revealed that officials from the Karnataka government and several private companies visited the region to assess the plans for the state government’s ‘Krishi Saur Vahini Yojana.’
This ambitious solar plant is slated to have a remarkable power generation capacity of 222 megawatts. The initial allocation of 1,500 acres is set to be expanded by an additional 2,000 acres in the next phase of development, underscoring the project’s scope and ambition.
Additionally, a separate solar project with a capacity of 170 MW is in the pipeline for the neighboring Jalna district. The plan includes a proposed floating solar power generation project at Jayakwadi dam water, and a meeting addressing this endeavor is scheduled for later in the month.
Dr. Karad also highlighted the Central government’s commitment to bolstering infrastructure for uninterrupted power supply in both urban and rural areas of the district. An allocation of Rs 37,000 crore has been provided to the state for this purpose. The acquisition of land at 63 locations within the district for the establishment of sub-station infrastructure is currently in progress, with proposals for land transfers soon to be forwarded to relevant authorities in Mumbai. This initiative is poised to significantly enhance the region’s power infrastructure and contribute to sustainable energy generation.