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Gujarat solar plant for Barak

Silchar, July 9: A Gujarat-based company has proposed to build a solar power plant, the first such project in power-deficit south Assam.

The plant will come up on a 200-acre land at Veterbond village under Ratabari block in Karimganj district, about 85km from here, at a cost of Rs 150 crore.

Kripanath Mallah, Congress MLA from Ratabari, told this correspondent that Damji Patel, chairman of J.J. Solar Private Company Limited based in Rajkot, had shown interest in setting up a solar power project in Barak valley, while visiting the site of a now defunct sugar mill in Veterbond village recently.

According to the MLA, the company had set up a string of solar power projects in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was chief minister.

Mallah had also visited Karimganj district to get permission from the Assam Small Industrial Development Corporation (ASIDC), since the corporation owns the land where the Cachar Sugar Mill used to stand.

The land is now lying unused after the mill closed down in the eighties.

The Ratabari MLA said after discussions with the senior officials of the corporation where Patel was also present, the crucial permission for transfer of land for the setting up the solar plant is in the offing.

He said the process would be completed after sorting out the nitty-gritty like the subsidised price of the land where the defunct sugar mill stood and the formal process of handing over the land to the entrepreneur.

The solar power plant, according to Mallah, is expected to produce 30MW of power daily and the power would be transferred by it either directly through the installed transmission lines to consumers or to the Power Grid Corporation, a central PSU, for transmission to various clients.

The technical team of the power company has also visited Dwarbond village, a hilly and forested area under Cachar district, about 20km south of here, in a bid to explore the possibility of setting up another unit in the future.