Land Acquisition: Madhya Pradesh

Solar betrayal

Print edition : August 18, 2017

Officials atop the entrance to Welspun Solar MP project. Villagers are not allowed to enter. Photo: Divya Trivedi

The residents of Bhagwanpura village in Neemuch district, many of whom lost their land to the solar power plant set up by Welspun group in the PPP mode. Photo: Divya Trivedi

A view of the solar panels running for miles at the plant site. Photo: Divya Trivedi

The rocky terrain of Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch district has emerged as the largest solar power-generating hub in India, but the nomadic communities that have lived there for generations find themselves dispossessed of land and reduced to abject poverty.
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