According to reports,the proposed Andhra Lake Wind Power Project in Pune district has run into rough weather with the Bombay High Court restraining the promoter, Enercon (India) Pvt Ltd, of the 113.6 MW power project from cutting a single tree until further orders. The proposed project, coming up in proximity of Bhimashankar Wild Life Sanctuary in the Western Ghats, requires about 26,600 trees to be cut down.
The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice SJ Kathawala issued the interim order on Thursday following a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a Khed-based social worker Dr Dattatraya Kale.
This is the second incident in which land being acquired for Wind power projects are facing problems. As Panchabuta had earlier reported, Kerala cabinet had decided a little more than a month back to evict Suzlon from the land that was claimed to be illegally acquired by them and restore the land to tribals at Attapady in Palakkad district.
As Panchabuta has discussed earlier the number of easily available Class II wind sites are rapidly reducing and Suzlon’s announcement a couple of days of the launch of their new wind turbines for Class III sites might have even more relevance if these problems and protests increase. This could also lead to offshore wind bandwagon gaining further momentum and announcements of policy and requirements for the same. As Panchabuta has discussed, Tata Power has already given a proposal for the same and the Ministry has announced that C-WET would start the study to ascertain the feasibility of offshors wind farms in India.