Cabinet gives nod to State PDD to sign MoU with PGCIL for construction of 220 KV Transmission line from Srinagar to Leh
The Cabinet approved that the Power Development Department shall operate and maintain the 220 KV Transmission Line from Alusteng (Srinagar) to Leh at its own cost after take over from PGCIL. The Finance Department shall provide the necessary funds /resource to the PDD for its operation and maintenance after the transmission line is taken over by the State Government.
The Cabinet also instructed the Finance Department to issue necessary notification/orders for waiver of all State Taxes for construction of 220 KV Transmission Line.
The 332 Km long, 220 KV Transmission Line shall pass through Srinagar-Zojila -Drass-Kargil-Khalsti to Leh. The sanctioned cost of the Project is Rs 1788 Cr. The cost of the Project will be borne by the Centre and State in the ratio of 95:5. The project was approved in January 2014 and is scheduled for commissioning in September 2017. Once completed the Project will feed power to Ladakh region and interlink J&K’s existing 66 KV system.
The electricity supply system of Ladakh region is currently isolated from the Northern Grid and fed through local small hydro generation and diesel generator sets. The region is experiencing energy shortage and accordingly to overcome this shortage, 220 KV Transmission Line has been planned to improve reliability of power supply through interconnection with the Northern Grid.
The Project is being executed by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and subsequently will be transferred to J&K Government after an MoU to this effect is signed between State PDD and PGCIL.