70 years after independence, Ladakh gets connected to the national electricity grid

70 years after nation’s independence, the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir has finally been connected to the national electricity grid under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream One Nation-One Grid project. Now the people of the region would not have to depend on solar energy or generators for electricity.

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. “

Before this, people of the region were compelled to depend on generators for their energy needs. Electricity used to be 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. But now with this move, all the problems of the region would be solved.

“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.

The electricity will also prove to be helpful for the army people deployed in high altitude areas.