Plans to provide grid power to Ladakh LAC communities cost $627 million.

Government pursuing scheme to power up habitations and garrisons along the LAC (line of real control) with China . Project plan calls for running a transmission line from a current substation at Kharu, 35 kms from Leh, across the 5,360-meter Chang La (pass)

NEW DELHI: The government is pursuing a Central scheme to power up the habitations and garrisons along the LAC (line of real control) with China.Ravinder Dangi, the secretary of ladakh for power, announced that the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme of the Union power ministries would initiate the project for providing reliable power in the Changthang area, a vast wind-swept plateau.According to him, it is part of the Centre's efforts to enhance the quality of life and usher in Ladakh's growth.The project plan calls for running a transmission line from a current substation at Kharu, 35 kms from Leh, across the 5,360-meter Chang La (pass) and extending an existing line to Nyoma to power the border villages.

As these weaknesses add to the hardship of residents in the forward zones, I have been escalating the situation with the authorities for a long time.In a handful of settlements, border dwellers can consume 5-6 hours of electricity in the evening from diesel generators or small off-grid solar storage plants.Generators are also used by garrisons, posing the logistical challenge of transporting and storing diesel for both civil and military purposes.Grid energy would be life-changing for the border residents, especially during the harsh winters.

Officials from the Ladakh power department say the project would take about two years until it is approved by the Centre.The government will maintain the supply line and control the distribution network in the villages under the scheme.The forces will develop the infrastructure for receiving and dispersing electricity within their structures.The Chang La pipeline will bring electricity to villages south of Pangong lake.

Through a new substation, a current route from Himya substation near Upshi, 50 kilometers from Leh, to Nyoma, a staging area for the Chushul and Demchok areas, will be extended to serve as a power source to Mudh, Dungti, Koyul, and Demchok.Hanle, a popular tourist destination 70 kilometers from Nyoma, is supposed to be connected by another branch line.