According to numerous reports (Read: here, here, here and here) Kerala cabinet had last week decided to evict Suzlon from the land illegally acquired by them and restore the land to tribals at Attapady in Palakkad district. Suzlong had erected 31 windmills now owned by a slew of investors from the non-energy sector. The land had been bought by Suzlon’s subsidiary Sarjan Realities Limited.
The decision in this regard was taken on the basis of the report of chief secretary who had been asked by the Cabinet to look into the alleged irregularities in the alienation of tribal land at Nallasinga village in Attapady a few months back, according to the reports.
Suzlon has so far been able to do this without getting into this kind of land controversies and there has been a lot of support from local communities for establishment of wind farms in various states in India. The company has taken a magnanimous stand and has said according to a report today, that it will always comply with the law of the land and be sensitive to community issues. Further the company has mentioned that it was always ready to cooperate with any inquiry conducted by any authority.
Panchabuta sincerely hopes that this problem would be sorted out soon and land acquisitions do not become a challenge to the huge capacity installations being planned by various private IPP developers and OEM’s in the wind space, like it has been in the traditional power sector.