As many as 44 wind turbines operated by Suzlon in Sangli District in Maharashtra have been shut down following protests from local residents.
Local residents are demanding more money for their land, which is leased to the company.
Suzlon has sought the State Government’s help in sorting out the issue, said a company official.
Dr Anil Kane, Suzlon’s Corporate Adviser, told Business Line that the company has 222 MW of installed capacity in Sangli, of which 74 MW has been shut down. It works out to 34 per cent of the installed capacity, he said.
The company representative had a meeting with the State Government officials in Mumbai on Wednesday. Mr Vivek Kher, spokesperson for Suzlon, said though the company has been facing this problem for sometime, it has now reached a stage where its power production is seriously affected.
“Despite our efforts to resolve the matter, we have not been getting enough support from the State Government officials. The issue has reached such a stage that we are forced to defer the installations of turbines in some sites in Sangli and Dhule and shift some of the turbine installations to the neighbouring state of Gujarat. We are also forced to cancel the turbine installations in a few other sites in Maharashtra,” Mr Kher said.
By Rahul Wadke
26 April 2007
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