Supreme Court halts Powergrid’s OHL deployment in Rajasthan on environmental grounds

The laying of overhead transmission lines (OHL) by Power Grid Corporation of India (Powergrid) for three transmission projects in Rajasthan has been halted, after the Supreme Court ruled that such lines should be laid underground to protect the habitat for the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB).

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has recently passed a statement denying transmission licenses to three projects. Powergrid’s project-specific special purpose vehicles (SPVs)—Fatehgarh Bhadla Transco Limited, Sikar New Transmission Limited, and Sikar-II Aligarh Transmission Limited, had applied for transmission licenses for three projects that would encroach on the GIB’s habitat, and hence have been denied the permission to utilise the space for overhead line (OHL) deployment.