PM commissions Srinagar-Alusteng -Drass-Kargil –Leh transmission line

The Rs 2,266 crore-project will minimise huge use of diesel generating sets during winters, and help in protection of environment

GN Bureau | February 8, 2019


#Narendra Modi   #diesel   #environment   #Ladakh   #Power Grid Corporation of India  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the 220 kV Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil – Leh transmission system to the nation to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Ladakh round the year. The move would give a fillip to the tourism sector and enhance socio-economic development of Ladakh.

 
The project has been completed by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (Powergrid), a Navratna PSU, whose foundation stone was laid on August 12, 2014 by the prime minister. While inaugurating this project Modi said, “We’ve left behind culture of delays”.
 
The Rs 2,266 crore-project will result in minimising the massive use of diesel generating sets during winters, and thus will help in protection of beautiful environment, of pristine Ladakh region.
 
Built at a height of around 3,000-4,000 meters, this 335 km long transmission line has been built by Powergrid. In this project, the four new state-of-the-art 220/66 kV gas insulated sub-stations built at Drass, Kargil, Khaltsi and Leh will help to ensure 24x7 quality power in all weather conditions. The centre has funded 95 percent cost for this project while the state government has supported remaining five percent share.
 
The project is also aimed to supply power to Ladakh in harsh winters and evacuation of surplus power of Kargil and Leh Hydel stations of NHPC in summers. This will not only help evacuate power in summers, but will also supply power to the region in winters when temperatures dip and hydro electricity generation do not match up. The project will meet the power demand of Ladakh region at economical rates.

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