Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 03 February 2019 dedicated the 220 kV Srinagar- Alusteng – Drass- Kargil – Leh Transmission System to the nation, a step that would ensure quality power supply to Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir round the year. With this, Ladakh now stands connected to the National Grid. The move is expected to boost the tourism sector and enhance the socio-economic development of Ladakh.
The project will result in minimizing the massive use of diesel generating sets during winters and thus will help in the protection of the beautiful environment of the Ladakh region. The project will meet the power demand of the Ladakh region at economical rates. It will provide grid connectivity and reliable quality power supply to the Ladakh region including defense establishments in the area.
This will not only help evacuate power of Kargil and Leh Hydel stations in summers but will also supply power to the region in winters when temperatures dip and hydroelectricity generation do not match up. With quality electricity available at reasonable rates, the hospitality industry in Ladakh will get a boost, as their reliance on diesel sets will reduce.
The foundation stone for the Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil-Leh Transmission Line was laid by the PM Modi on August 12, 2014. 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 24×7 quality power in all weather conditions. This project has been completed by the POWERGRID within 4.5 years.
It took funding of Rs 2266 crore to complete the project. These funds were provided by the Central Government and the Jammu & Kashmir Government in the ratio of 95:05, respectively. Built at a height of around 3000-4000 meters, this transmission line is around 335 km long.