The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal for construction of a 220kV Transmission System from Alusteng (Srinagar) to Leh. The line will go via Drass, Kargil & Khalsti 220/66kV PGCIL substations and 66kV Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) interconnection system for Drass, Kargil, Khalsti and Leh substations in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). The project is estimated to cost Rs. 1788.41 Cr.
The transmission project shall provide grid connectivity and reliable power supply to the strategically important Ladakh region. The project will be implemented through Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), within 42 months from the date of release of the first instalment of funds. The project cost will be borne by the Government of India and the Government of J&K in the ratio of 95:5 to ensure interest of the Government of J&K in the project.