India Approves 13 GW Renewable Energy Project in Ladakh
In a significant move toward advancing renewable energy infrastructure, India's government has granted approval for the Green Energy Corridor Phase-2, an ambitious inter-state transmission system.
October 19, 2023. By News Bureau
The project is designed to facilitate the transmission of 13 GW of renewable energy from Ladakh, a region known for its abundant clean energy potential.
Addressing the media after a Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs meeting in New Delhi, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur announced that the project aims to be operational by 2029-30, with an estimated total cost of over INR 20,773 crore. The government will provide approximately 40 percent of the project's cost, amounting to around INR 8,309 crore.
Thakur elaborated that a five-gigawatt transmission line will carry the energy from Ladakh, passing through Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, ultimately reaching Kaithal in Haryana, where it will be integrated into the National Grid. Additionally, it will connect to the Leh-Alusteng-Srinagar line, enabling power supply to Jammu and Kashmir.
The project plays a vital role in achieving India's goal of installing 500 GW of non-fossil fuel electricity capacity by 2030.
Given Ladakh's challenging terrain, harsh climate conditions, and defense sensitivities, the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited will oversee the project's implementation. It is expected that the initiative will bolster the nation's energy security, promote environmentally sustainable growth, and generate significant employment opportunities, both direct and indirect, particularly in the Ladakh region.
This project is part of the broader Green Energy Corridor Phase-II, which encompasses intra-state transmission systems aimed at integrating nearly 20 gigawatts of renewable energy power across multiple states. This initiative is already underway and anticipated to be completed by 2026.
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