KARGIL: Chairman Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali on Friday said that government is keen to harness the hydroelectric and solar energy potential of Kargil District to make the area self-sufficient in terms of power production.
The Chairman stated this while inaugurating the 1.5 MW Biaras Small Hydro Power Project at Drass in the district. The project has been executed by Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) under the funding of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy at a cost of Rs 17 crore and is catering to the power requirements of around 1500 households in Drass town and adjoining villages including Mushkow valley, Holiyal, Murad Bagh, Goshan, Bearass besides other hamlets in the area.
Member Legislative Assembly Kargil, Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai, Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor Kargil, Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan, Executive Councillor for Education, Advocate Muhammad Amir, Executive Councillor for Rural Development, Aga Syed Hassan Armaan Mosavi, Executive Councillor for Agriculture, Muhammad Hussain, Senior Superintendent of Police Kargil, Tsering Gyalpo, Advisor to CEC Kargil Haji Muhammad Shafi besides Project Director KREDA, Kacho Ahmad Khan accompanied the Chairman.
Haji Anayat said that work on 1.5 MW SHP Sangrah, 1.5 MW SHP Khandi, 1 MW SHP Chillung and other projects is in full swing while as two new projects have been identified at Umba and BarsooNallah under the Prime Minister’s Development Programme (PMDP). He said that projects at Mizat and Umba and other projects at BarsooNallah are in the DPR stage, while as their prefeasibility report has been prepared and submitted to the concerned quarters.
Referring to other hydel and solar projects, the Chairman said that surveying process for construction of three 25 MW hydel projects in the district is being carried out by the Power Development Corporation (PDC). He said under PMDP the tendering process of 7MW solar power projects including 3MW at Yurbaltak, 1 MW each at Drass, Sankoo and Zanskar has been completed and work on these projects is slated to be kick-started early next year. He said that 5000 home lighting systems have also been sanctioned for the district under PMDP which already stands tendered by JAKEDA.
He also met a number of public delegations and took firsthand appraisal of their grievances and demands that included appointment of sufficient number of doctors at Sub District Hospital Drass, deployment of snow clearance machines in the area, appointment of Principal and Head Masters at Higher Secondary School Drass and middle schools, opening up of high schools for girls, construction of tunnel between Matayen and Pandrass and other related issues.
Meanwhile, the Chairman Legislative Council inaugurated the office of Deputy SP Traffic Kargil, Leh districts.
Chairman Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG), Sonam Dawa met the Chairman and raised issues pertaining to the introduction and adoption of cost-effective and environment-friendly building technologies in Ladakh region with particular reference to Kargil district.
Executive Director LEDeG, Dr. NordanOtzer, several officers of the district administration besides other functionaries of the Group were present on the occasion.