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Solar parks in Karnataka to come up in Gulbarga, Dharwad

According to reports, the State government has approved setting up solar parks in Gulbarga and Dharwad districts on a private-public participation model.

Sunil Valyapure, Minister for Infrastructure Development, told The Hindu here on Friday that while the solar park in Gulbarga district would be established in Chincholi taluk, the location for the one in Dharwad district was yet to be identified.

Mr. Valyapure said the cost of the projects would be known after the detailed project report (DPR) was prepared.

He added that the government was appointing consultants to prepare DPRs.

He said it had been originally proposed to establish 100 MW solar parks in both the districts; however, this had been scaled down to 50 MW each in the first phase.

The Minister also stated that there was a possibility of increasing the production capacity of the parks. The exact production capacity would be known after the DPRs were prepared and expressions of interest submitted by entrepreneurs and industries. The final approval would be announced after the preparation of DPRs.

Mr. Valyapure said the construction of a world convention centre near the Bengaluru International Airport was also being considered. Consultants had been appointed to prepare DPRs for final approval, he said.

Mr. Valyapure said a meeting between the Principal Secretary, Infrastructure Development, and the Principal Secretary, Ports, Union government, would be held to finalise the proposal for development of the Tadadi port on 500 acres of land on PPP basis.

A final decision in this regard would be taken on November 26, he added.

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