The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal for construction of a 220kV Transmission system from Alusteng (Srinagar) to Leh on 2 January 2014.
The System will pass via 66kV Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) interconnection system for Drass, Kargil, Khalsti and Leh substations with an estimated total cost of 1788.41 crore rupees.
The transmission project will provide grid connectivity and reliable power supply to the Ladakh region.
The project will be implemented through PGCIL, a central transmission utility, within 42 months from the date of release of the first installment of funds.
The project cost will be borne by the Government of India and the Government of Jammu &Kashmir in 95:5 ratios.
The commissioning of the transmission system will be transferred to the State of J&K Government.
J& K government will carry out Operation & Maintenance (O&M) and other related activities at their own cost as per the terms & conditions in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The electric supply system of Ladakh Region in the State of J&K is currently isolated from the northern grid because of its difficult terrain.
The electricity is generated through local small hydro generation and diesel generator sets and the region is experiencing an energy shortage of about 95 percent.
Since Ladakh is an area of defence establishments, reliable power supply arrangement is very crucial.
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When: 2 January 2014