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Srinagar- Alusteng - Drass- Kargil – Leh Transmission System

  • Category
    Economy
  • Published
    7th Feb, 2019

The 220 kV Srinagar- Alusteng - Drass- Kargil – Leh Transmission System was dedicated to the nation on February 3, 2019 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With this, Ladakh now connected to the National Grid.

Context

The 220 kV Srinagar- Alusteng - Drass- Kargil – Leh Transmission System was dedicated to the nation on February 3, 2019 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With this, Ladakh now connected to the National Grid.

About

  • It is a flagship project of the Union Government under the Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan (PMRP) which was aimed to improve reliability and quality of power supply in Ladakh.
  • Under this project, four new modern Gas Insulated Sub-stations of 220/66 Kilovolt (kV) were built at Drass, Kargil, Khaltsi and Leh to help ensure 24x7 quality power in all weather conditions.
  • The total funding of Rs 2266 crore to complete the project was provided by the Central Government and Jammu & Kashmir Government in the ratio of 95:05, respectively.
  • The National Grid is the high-voltage electric power transmission network in India, connecting power stations and major substations and ensuring that electricity generated anywhere in mainland India can be used to satisfy demand elsewhere.
  • The National Grid is owned, operated, and maintained by state-owned  It 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.
  • The union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep are not connected to the National Grid.

Significance

  • The project will result in minimizing the massive use of diesel generating sets during winters, and thus will help in protection of clean environment of the region.
  • It will provide grid connectivity and reliable and stable, quality power supply to the Ladakh region including defence establishments in the area at economical rates.
  • Hospitality industry and tourism sector will get a boost, as their reliance on diesel sets will reduce; resulting into the socio-economic development of Ladakh.
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