Leh and Kargil have been connected to national power grid for the first time. PowerGrid has made it possible for India’s northernmost areas, which has most inhospitable terrain and high mountains. A greater challenge was provided by Alusteng-Alunday stretch of the 350-kilometre Srinagar-Kargil-Leh transmission line tracing some of the world’s highest mountain ranges and inhospitable terrains.
The move is expected to significantly improve the economy with assured power supply 24×7, boosting winter tourism, industries besides increasing hydel power potential in the state. Most of towns in the region get disrupted power supply and run costlier and polluting diesel generators which are lifelines of power supply. Hydel power stations too operate at optimum level for lack of evacuation. The move is also expected to boost solar power projects which can connect to national grid.