The Gautam Adani-led Adani Group, in collaboration with the Rajasthan government, has decided to build India’s largest solar power facility of 10,000 MW capacity in Rajasthan.
“The joint venture (JV), known as Adani Renewable Energy Park Rajasthan Ltd, will have a 50-50 equity partnership between the Rajasthan government and Adani Renewable Energy Park Ltd, a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises,” the company said in a statement release.
The company statement said that the park will include generation projects and a manufacturing unit for solar modules, parts, and equipment.
Over Rs. 60,000 crore is believed to be invested in the park, while Adani itself plans to generate 5,000 MW within it.
Spelling out the reason behind the tie-up, Adani said, “The formation of the Joint Venture is towards achieving the Rajasthan government’s target of 25,000 MW solar power capacity by 2022.”
Adani Enterprises has also signed a deal with US energy firm SunEdison to jointly invest $4 billion in setting up India’s biggest solar panel factory. India’s solar capacity target has been revised fivefold to 100,000 MW by 2022 by the Modi government.
From plastic straws to copper vessels, handmade lamps and bangles, Rajasthan’s leading hospitality players here are establishing new trends by engaging local artisans to showcase traditional artistry to guests and serving them locally-inspired cuisine amid green surroundings.
“We have initiated the use of paper-made straws; there is no use of plastic bags anywhere in the hotel property and the local-inspired food is being served to guests to ensure the locals have a regular source of income,” Binny Sebastian, General Manager, Bishangarh’s Alila Fort heritage hotel, some 50 km from here, told IANS.
Once a warrior fort, the management of the heritage property also engages the villagers in tasks like organic farming.
“Our association with the locals is quite strong. Working with them, we take our guests to the local temple. They also visit the artisans’ houses and sip tea there while watching them make pottery and weave carpet. In this way, we ensure that locals get a decent livelihood,” Sebastian added.
“We have started getting regular income since this property came up a year back. We have been showing our art to the guests here which gives us satisfaction as well as an income,” said Nizamuddin, a bangle maker.
Ashok S. Rathore, General Manager of the Rambagh Palace, said: “We have curtailed the use of plastic. There are no plastic straws being used on the property. We serve in glass bottles instead of plastic water bottles.”
This property is also adopting sustainable routes to ensure that the locals get decent income opportunities for their sustenance.
“Our interiors are reminiscent of handmade interiors. Our suites are adorned with Thikri art, a rare gold-dipped miniature artwork of Rajasthan. But skilled artists are disappearing and it comes with a high cost of production,” said Rathore.
Fairmont Jaipur has incorporated the fine craftsmanship and beauty of the local cultural heritage and artisans of Jaipur. The ceilings are hand-painted by local artisans with complex motifs.
“We associate with the local artisans to showcase their talent at the hotel in the form of the evening entertainment, the welcome experience and celebrate the local heritage of Rajasthan,” said Srijan Vadhera, General Manager, Fairmont Jaipur. (IANS)