Modi to address jawans in Kargil today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest-battleground during his visit to Kargil and Leh district in Ladakh on Tuesday.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest-battleground during his visit to Kargil and Leh district in Ladakh on Tuesday. The Prime Minister is expected to conduct an inspection of the forward posts and address officers and jawans in Siachen.
Modi will dedicate to the nation two hydel power projects in Leh and Kargil in Jammu & Kashmir.
This will be Prime Minister Modi’s first visit to Leh and Siachen, after he assumed office, when he will dedicate to the nation two hydel power projects in Leh and Kargil in Jammu & Kashmir. These projects are the 44 mw Chutak Hydroelectric Project in Kargil district and the 45 mw Nimoo Bazgo Project in Leh district. The Prime Minister would also lay foundation-stone for the first power transmission line from Leh to Kargil and Kargil to Srinagar.
Ahead of PM’s visit, Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag visited Siachen and had an interaction with the Army jawans at Leh and then at the Glacier.
Holding on to Siachen has cost the Army more than 860 lives over the last 30 years, with extreme climate and terrain chiefly to blame.
Guarding the glacier also costs Rs 5 crore on a daily basis.
Modi had last month inaugurated the 240-megawatt Uri-II Hydro Electric Project (HEP) located near the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district of Kashmir.
The Nimoo-Bazgo power station is located on river Indus in Leh district of Ladakh region of Jammu &Kashmir. The approval for the project was accorded on August 24, 2006, the Centre at an estimated cost of Rs 611 Crore . However, on account of escalation, statutory charges and higher cost of award, the project cost has now been revised to Rs 985 crore.
The Power Grid Corporation of India, the Central transmission utility under the Ministry of Power, is implementing the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar Transmission System for connectivity of Leh/ Kargil area in Ladakh with Northern Region Grid at 220 kv level for meeting demands of the Ladakh region. Leh-Kargil-Srinagar Transmission System includes 375 km transmission line at 220 kv voltage level from Alistong (Srinagar) to Leh via Kargil with four 220/33 kv sub-stations at Drass, Kargil, Leh and Khalsti.