The government is implementing a Rs 1,200-crore project to hook up Nubra valley in the country’s northern tip, and Zanskar, among the least-explored regions of Kargil, with the national power grid, casting one of the first building blocks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to make Ladakh carbon-neutral.
“We are extending the Srinagar-Leh transmission line to power Nubra and Zanskar. REC (formerly Rural Electrification Corporation) has been asked to implement the project. It will improve ease of living for people living in these areas with regular power supply and remove dependence on diesel generators,” power minister Raj Kumar Singh told TOI.
The project envisages laying two 220-kv lines across some of the world’s highest mountains and inhospitable terrains. A 200-km spur will run from Dras, the world’s second-coldest inhabited place about 50 Km from Kargil