India's 5,000 MW solar park to come up in Dholera, Gujarat

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Gujarat has set the ball rolling for establishing India’s largest 5,000MW solar park in Dholera along with a proposed 200MW wind park in the same area.

The state government on Tuesday accorded its in-principle approval to the project, which will come up on 11,000 hectares of land along the Gulf of Khambhat in the Dholera Special Investment Region.

The project will be setup at an investment of Rs 25,000 crore and generate employment for over 20,000 people.

“This solar park will not only create employment for local residents but will also create opportunities for the entire supply chain to set up manufacturing facilities in the adjacent Dholera Industrial City,” chief minister Vijay Rupani said.

Solar panel manufactures, heavy engineering companies, and other businesses have already started inquiring about the opportunities to set up facilities in Dholera.
Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd and Gujarat Electric Transmission Corporation along with Solar Energy Corporation of India  and the Central Transmission Unit are already on board for implementing the project.

Manoj Das, principal secretary to the CM and in-charge principal secretary, industry & mines department, said: “The required land for the proposed park is already with the state government and there will be no need for private land acquisition. The land is of CRZ type 1 which can be used for mangrove plantation or renewable energy generation.” So there will be no issue of environment clearance because the land has already has environment clearance, he said.

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