Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, comprising of Leh and Kargil districts, is one of the highest inhabitation in the world. Due to its difficult terrain, most of the Ladakh region is not electrically connected with the rest of the Power Grid. Because of this, power demand of the area is met by some local small Hydel and diesel generators. During winters, generation from hydro projects reduces considerably whereas power demand increases. While in summers, hydel generation is at maximum level whereas demand is generally low. Therefore, to have uninterrupted power supply in and around Ladakh area, connectivity with Northern Region Grid was envisaged. Moreover, due to presence of defence establishments in the area and its strategic importance, it was felt essential to get connected with rest of the grid.
Accordingly, a project was envisaged for implementing transmission system from Alusteng (Srinagar) to Leh via Drass, Kargil, Khalsti at 220 kV level in order to connect Kargil and Leh regions with the Northern Grid by POWERGRID on consultancy basis. Upon commissioning of the transmission system, the same shall be transferred to PDD, J&K for carrying out Operation and Maintenance and other related activities. The downstream network at 66 kV level is being implemented under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (erstwhile RGGVY) by PDD, J&K.
Approval of Government of India for execution of 220 kV Transmission System from Srinagar to Leh project at an estimated cost of Rs.1788.41 crore at October, 2012 price level with a commissioning schedule of 42 months from the date of release of first installment of funds was conveyed by Ministry of Power vide letter No. 3/18/2011-Trans dated 29.01.2017. First installment of fund for this project was received on March 31, 2014; accordingly, approved commissioning schedule of the project works out to September, 2017. Khalsti to Leh section, part of above transmission system commissioned in October, 2017. The project cost is being borne by Government of India and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in the ratio of 95: 05.
This project has been completed.