In a review meeting of Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd (RRECL), chief minister Ashok Gehlot drew attention to the Supreme Court’s decision on undergrounding overhead transmission lines and directed the officials to write to the prime minister to find a suitable solution.
The Supreme Court in its interim order in April said that the overhead transmission lines pose risk to the lives of the Great Indian Bustard and they need to be undergrounded.
It is estimated that undergrounding of lines would require over Rs 70,000 crore and there is no clarity as of now who would bear the cost. He also highlighted the problem faced by farmers for setting up solar projects under the Kusum scheme.
He said that banks are not forthcoming to fund these projects which is reason why many farmers despite having land and interest cannot take advantage of the scheme.
He directed the officials of the department to take up the matter with the Centre so that the farmers can get access to collateral free loans at a subsidized rates.