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Leh, Kargil finally plug into national power grid


Leh, Kargil finally plug into national power grid
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NEW DELHI: More than 70 years after Independence, an engineering feat by state-run transmission utility PowerGrid has made it possible for India’s northernmost areas in Jammu & Kashmir to plug into the national electricity network to bring ‘one-nation-one-grid’ closer to reality.

On Saturday, PowerGrid and J&K power department switched on the Alusteng-Alunday stretch of the 350-km Srinagar-Kargil-Leh transmission line tracing some of the world’s highest mountain ranges and inhospitable terrains separating the Kashmir Valley from the frontier districts of Ladakh and Kargil

Sources told TOI that power flowed for four hours through the 220-Kv (kilo-volt) line and its four sub-stations connecting Leh with the northern grid at Alusteng near Srinagar. Leh and Kargil towns have been getting power since 2013 from two NHPC hydel projects.

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