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PM dedicates 220 kV Srinagar-Drass-Kargil-Khaltsi-LehTransmission Line to the nation

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau


LEH, Ladakh, FEBRUARY ebruary 03 : The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, dedicated the 220 kV Srinagar-Drass-Kargil-Khaltsi-Leh Transmission System, in a step towards powering Ladakh and connecting country's northern part to the National Grid.

On this occasion, addressing the gathering he said that "I got the opportunity of laying the foundation stone of this project and today again I have got the opportunity to dedicate this project. With this more than Rs. 2000 Crore project, the problem of electricity in LehLadakh is going to be minimized."
Built at a height of around 3000-4000 meters, this approx. 335 km long transmission line has been constructed by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a Navratna Company of Government of India, under Ministry of Power, in snow-bound difficult hilly terrains. 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.

It is a flagship project of Government of India, under PMRP scheme which was aimed to improve reliability & quality of power supply in Ladakh region of J&K by connecting with National Grid. The implementation of this project was also aimed to supply power to the people of Ladakh in harsh winters and evacuation of surplus power of Kargil & 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. It will not only ensure quality power supply, but will also give huge boost to the tourism sector and will enhance socio-economic development of Ladakh, as quality power will be distributed to homes and business establishments of the region in all weathers.

This transmission project of approx. Rs. 2266 Crore will result in minimizing the massive use of diesel generating sets during winters, and thus will not only help in protection of beautiful environment, of pristine Ladakh, but will also save import expenditure in foreign currency incurred on crude oil, thereby benefiting the state exchequer. It will also give boost to the tourism sector, especially hospitality industry in Ladakh, as quality electricity at reasonable rates will be accessible due to non-reliance on diesel. This will also attract tourists looking for affordable stay in all weathers.

This herculean task executed by POWERGRID in unforeseen weather conditions was made possible by immaculate project monitoring skills, high team spirit andstrategic planning and use of modern technol-ogies. The line remains snow covered for nearly six months with the minimum temperature going down to as low as -40 degrees at Drass. Therefore, specially designed tower foundations were constructed with assistance from Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) for spotting the tower foundations, as the work force braved the challenge of working at lesser oxygen levels. It shallalso provide grid connectivity and reliable quality power supply to the strategically important Ladakh region including defence establishments in the area.

The event was attended by a graceful gathering in the CIBS Auditorium, Leh, in the gracious presence of Shri Satya Pal Malik, Hon'ble Governor, J&K, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon'ble Union Minister of State (IC) for Development of North Eastern Region, along with Shri Haji Anayat Ali, Hon'ble Chairman, Legislative Council, J&K, Shri Jamyang Tsering Namgial, Hon'ble Chairman/Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Leh, Shri Feroz Ahmed, Hon'ble Chairman, LAHDC, Kargil, Shri Chering Dorjay, Hon'ble Member of Legislative Council, Leh.

Also present on this occasion were Secretary (Power) Government of India,Mr A. K. Bhalla, CMD, PowerGrid , Mr Ravi P. Singh, Director (Projects) PowerGrid , Mr R. K. Chauhan, Executive Director (NR-II) PoweGRid, Mr J. P. Singh apart from other senior officials of the State Government and PowerGrid.

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for this project on 12 August, 2014 and within 4.5 years, the project has been completed successfully.The project was awarded to Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PowerGrid) by the Government of India, on consultancy basis with funding provisions in the ratio of 95:05 (95 per cent GoI share and 5 per cent J&K state share).

PowerGrid is one of the World's Largest Power Transmission Utility, and has a wide network of 150,874 circuit kilometers transmission lines, with 238 Sub-stations and transformation capacity of 351,106 MVA.


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