SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 28: Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi Wednesday held his 15th monthly video conference under his Pro-active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) initiative, with Union Secretaries of various Ministries and Chief Secretaries of States.
Chief Secretary J&K, B R Sharma also participated in the video conference.
The Prime Minister in respect of J&K reviewed the progress on the 332 Km long, 220 KV Transmission Line passing through Srinagar-Zojila Pass-Drass-Kargil-Khalsti to Leh and four 220/66 KV substations in Drass, Kargil, Khalsti and 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.
Chief Secretary informed the Prime Minister that while the land for substations at Drass, Khaltsi and Leh have been handed over, the land acquisition process for substation at Kargil has been initiated and it will be handed over shortly.
On release of 5% State share and signing of MoU between State PDD and PGCIL, Chief Secretary informed that the proposals in this regard have been submitted to the State Cabinet for consideration and approval.
With 40% physical work on the project having been already completed, the Prime Minister urged the Union Power Ministry, State Government and Power Grid to work in tandem and complete the project within the slated completion schedule.
The Prime Minister during the meeting also reviewed progress of various Central government projects including the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY).