The government will come out with a single bid for setting up 25 GW of solar capacity in Ladakh, Power Minister RK Singh said today, and asserted that renewable energy is a must for sustainable development.
Work on building a road tunnel across the Zoji La Pass, providing the Kashmir Valley with all-weather access to Ladkah, a strategically important border region, will begin May 19.
Ladakh accounts for more than two-thirds of the land area of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. As a high altitude cold desert, though, it hosts only about 5% of the state’s population.
What do you do when you are stationed at 12,000ft above sea level in a cold desert like Ladakh but do not have access to 24X7 power? The usual solution is to burn diesel and kerosene to keep warm or, if it’s available, burn firewood.
The Ladakh region of India is known as the roof of the world. It has immense potential to generate solar power with its large patches of barren land surrounded by mountains.
The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the defence and power ministries to immediately resolve the issue of a no-objection certificate required for a 375-km electricity transmission line to pass through the sensitive border areas of Drass and Kargil to Leh.