After 72 years of Independence, The Ladakh region of J&K is finally connected to National power grid. Now people of Ladakh can access electricity 24 hours. This area is connected with National Electrification Network under the Narendra Modi’s dream Project One Nation-One Grid Scheme. Now the Ladakh region will be able to spend electricity according to its requirement. This is like a boon for Leh-Kargil-Drass areas of this region Where the power can be provided twenty four hours of even in the minus 35 degree temperature.
Power Grid tweeted, ” Ladakh successfully connected to Kashmir with 220kV transmission system. JKPDD & POWERGRID test charged 220kV Alusteng-Dras-Kargil-Khalsti-Leh TL along with 220/66kV S/s at Dras, Kargil, Khalsti & Leh. Ladakh will get power in winters & surplus power will be evacuated in summers. “
Ladakh successfully connected to Kashmir with 220kV transmission system. JKPDD & POWERGRID test charged 220kV Alusteng-Dras-Kargil-Khalsti-Leh TL along with 220/66kV S/s at Dras, Kargil, Khalsti & Leh. Ladakh will get power in winters & surplus power will be evacuated in summers. pic.twitter.com/Yqqc5oMjot— POWERGRID (@pgcilindia) January 11, 2019
Earlier, in the freezing cold, the people had to complete the electricity consumption through generators. It is a very expensive and polluting deal, which consumes millions of liters of diesel. Before this, electricity was generated through NHPC hydro-power projects in this area. Apart from this, power generation was also done through solar power projects but about 95 percent of the area was struggling with electricity shortages. Now these problems will be solved through this connected power grid and Uninterrupted power supply will vastly improve the quality of life in Leh and Kargil, which have been power deficit due to their isolated locations.
“This is a milestone for our country. We have now connected our northern most areas to the national grid. It is a milestone for the people of Ladakh and Kargil. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone on August 12, 2014 and it was commissioned during this government tenure. This is commitment to people’s welfare,” power minister RK Singh told the Times of India.
In a significant milestone, Ladakh has been connected to the National Grid, after 70 years of Independence.— R. K. Singh (@RajKSinghIndia) January 16, 2019
Now people of Ladakh will be able to access as much power as they need. pic.twitter.com/RXh1nhexfz
This electrification will also help the Indian Military in the high altitde posts. One of the major achievements also includes construction of sub power stations in a few high altitude passes and military zones close to LoC.