Proposals to allot over 7,700 acres to 62 firms for setting up solar power plants in different parts of the State drew flak from the Opposition members in the Assembly on Thursday.
Members belonging to the TDP and CPI (M) wanted to know the rationale behind the proposals to allot varying chunks of land ranging from 1,200 to five acres without basing it on the capacity of the plants. The total energy planned to be generated by the plants was 1,941 MW with the capacity ranging from 3 to 310 MW.
P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju (TDP) alleged that the land was being given without modalities and termed it as “land grab from back door”. G. Kishan Reddy (BJP) urged the government to come out with a comprehensive policy to promote solar power generation.
Intervening, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said there were specific guidelines under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission for setting up plans and many were coming forward.
Andhra Pradesh was earmarked only 20 MW under the mission.
Replying to supplementary queries, Major Industries Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana asserted that there was no scam.
He said the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) was allotting the lands and not the government.
If the land was not used for the purpose within two years, APIIC would re-claim it.