The proposed installation of eight solar power plants in Jodhpur district’s Phalodi tehsil has led to a major confrontation with the Bishnoi activists, who have strongly protested against the felling of khejri trees (or Prosopis cineraria trees).



  • Khejri trees, which is the State tree of Rajasthan, plays an important role in maintaining the ecosystem of Thar region because of its ability to survive in dry weather.
  • The tree is used in different ways, such as a source of fodder and firewood, and it helps in sustaining the soil’s nutrient value and ensuring a good yield of desert crops and food plants. Its fruit is used to make the popular dish ‘Sangri‘.