Cost of 220 kV transmission system in Ladakh shoots up
PM News Bureau
The cost of the 220 kV Alis-tong-Kargil-Leh transmission system, aimed at improving the power supply of Ladakh region, has increased from Rs 336.15 crore in 2003 to Rs 590.68 crore. The project cost includes consultancy fee payable to Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd as well as service tax. PGCIL has prepared the feasibility report and cost estimate for the project, which was to be funded under a GoI grant.
The present demand for power in the region is met through local generation that includes small diesel generators and micro hydel powerhouses totalling about 26 mw. The peak requirement of the region is about 61 mw which is expected to reach around 130 mw to 150 mw by 2010. Given the region's difficult terrain, high attitude and snow, a 220 kV transmission system was considered as the best option. Accordingly, a 220 kV single circuit transmission line (375 km) connecting Alistong, Srinagar, and Leh via Kargil was, therefore, considered the most optimal transmission route.
(Oct 16-31, 2004)