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Rajasthan government mulls inland port in Jalore

JAIPUR, July 25, 2015: The state government is exploring ways to develop an artificial inland port in Jalore by bringing in Arabian Sea water into Rajasthan through Gujarat. If implemented, Rajasthan will become accessible by water transport and will be able to shed the tag of a landlocked state.

For the pre-feasibility study of the project, the state water resources department (SWRD) has already issued an administrative and technical (A&T) approval. As per an understanding between the Centre and the state, the ministry of shipping, road transport and highways would assist in commissioning of the study.

Planning though is in the initial phase but the project is feasible. "We will have to build a canal of about 250-300 km between the Rann of Kutch and Sanchore area in Jalore so as to enable containers to navigate easily. It is an ambitious project, but looks possible," said an official of the SWRD.

The navigation channel would be at least 300 metre wide and about 25 metre deep. It would start from the tip of Lakhpat at Kori Creek in Arabian Sea, run through the Rann of Kutch and join Sanchore, 135 km from district headquarters of Jalore.  The A&T was approved on April 24, 2015, after an examination of the proposal presented by Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS), a GoI undertaking. Source:

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Essel, Rajasthan government ink Rs 4k crore pact for solar parks

 Solar plant

NEW DELH, June 13: Diversified conglomerate Essel Group today said it has formed a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with the Rajasthan government to set up solar parks in the state that would produce 5,000 MW of clean energy.

"Essel Group has entered into a JV agreement with the Government of Rajasthan to set up solar parks in the state. The project will facilitate an investment of Rs 4,000 crore in the regions of Bikaner and Jaisalmer," it said in a statement.

"According to the JV agreement, the land for the project will be provided by the Government of Rajasthan for solar park development, while Essel Group will implement the entire project which includes financing, technical support, operation and maintenance," Essel Group said.

Recently, the group has signed an MoU with a Chinese firm,JA Solar , for setting up a solar cell and module manufacturing company in India. It is also developing one of India's largest solar plants in Tamil Nadu, the firm added.

"Solar Park Project in Rajasthan will be India's turnkey project in the renewable energy space which will aid the clean energy initiatives of the Government of Rajasthan," Essel Infra and Utilities CEO Ashok Agarwal said.

"Essel Group has taken large strides in realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of setting up 100 smart cities in India. It plans to invest over USD 2 billion over the next three years in transforming major cities across India," it said. - PTI

Reliance Power commissions 100 MW solar power plant in Rajasthan

Mumbai, November 30, 2014: Reliance Power has commissioned its 100-megawatt concentrated solar power project at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, on November 11, 2014 by successfully synchronising the grid and power generation. The company has invested Rs 2,100 crores in the plant, which is world's largest CSP project based on compact  linear Fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology, provided by Areva Solar - the US subsidiary of Areva SA of France.

The 100-MW CSP plant, built adjacent to the 40 MW solar photovoltaic project, has 25 per cent reserve margin to meet 25-year power purchase agreement obligations.


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