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Suzlon’s wind power project in Gujarat caught in envorinment row

According to reports, after Nirma Cement and Adani Power plants, now Suzlon’s ambitious wind park project in Saurashtra is mired in a controversy over potential hazards it may cause to environment and natural resources.

Rajkot Congress MP Kunvarji Bavalia has taken up the issue and has announced that he would launch an agitation from October 1 to protest against the hazards the Suzlon project can cause to the environment and local resources in the region.

 Just when the work on ground has begun for generation of 1000 MW of wind power, the locals have accused that grazing and wasteland in Rajkot and Surendranagar districts has been allotted for giant wind mills. They have also alleged that approach roads and farms have been badly hit by the measures undertaken to set up the plant.

 The MoU for the plant was signed at Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor’s Summit this year.


  1. Does a windmill really affect grazing lands? Or it is a merely political move?

  2. Hi Agneya, at least at the time of installation it does if the Companies don’t take due care towards the environment and we have to go from that situation in India. In countries like Germany where we have plenty of windturbines, control mechanisms are implemented from Govt. side so that installation process are minimal invasive towards the nature and the Implementing companies are forced to renaturalise the grazing lands at their costs. So later on there’s a small Kaccha lane to the the turbine which can be accessed with a small repair/maintainance van. The rest is naturalised. I think this is not going to happen in India due to lack of Governance & corruption.
    What i can surely say is, these gaint Windturbines do affect the Bird population, lots of them get killed or injured and specially the migratory Birds avoid these Routes resulting in changes toward the Ecosystem.
    Subroto ( Solar enthusiast & Enterpreuner)

  3. Lets go offshore now! Its high time!
    1. We are a peninsula. Lot of coastline that can be tapped. Territorial waters rather.
    2. No human conflict. No farmer agitation. No encroachment of scarce land resource.
    3. Better PLFs. No doubt. Other than the beefy wind regimes of TN and KAR, I dont see a lot of good value wind farms that can be set up on mainland India. Meaning, they are economically made feasible due to the by the tarriffs but if the country needs to make more units out if every turbine, then offshore is the option.
    4. Reports suggest that offshore windfarms further help the local habitats in the sea as they facilitate algae growth.
    5. Closer to the demand centres. So many of our cities are on the coast. This thing can work out superb.
    6. Many more advantages like these. What is truly required now is a sustained initiative through forums like these to push for offshore amongst all stakeholders.


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