Chairman Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali today said that Government is keen to harness the hydroelectric and solar energy potential of Kargil district so as to make the area self sufficient in terms of power production. The Chairman stated this while inaugurating the 1.5 MW Biaras Small Hydel Project at Drass. The project has been executed by Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) under the funding of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India at a cost of 17 crore rupees and is catering to the power requirements of around 1500 households at Drass town and adjoining villages including Mushkow valley, Holiyal, Murad Bagh, Goshan, Bearass besides other hamlets in the area.
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, Member Legislative Assembly Kargil Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai, Advisor to CEC Kargil Haji Muhammad Shafi, Senior Superintendent of Police Kargil Tsering Gyalpo besides Project Director KREDA Kacho Ahmad Khan accompanied the Chairman.
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), 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. Haji Anayat said that 5000 home lighting systems have also been sanctioned for the district under PMDP which already stands tendered by JAKEDA.
The Chairman exhorted upon the officers and technical staff of KREDA to work in close coordination with the PDD authorities, electricity coordination committees besides people to make judicious use of power so that the project is run in the best possible manner.
The Chairman called upon the public representatives and the local people to work unitedly towards the progress and prosperity of the district.
Meanwhile the Chairman met a number of public delegations and took first hand 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 for snow clearance during winter months, 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.
Responding to the public demands, the Chairman said that the present government is fully conscious of the aspirations of the people and all their genuine demands would be fulfilled in phased manner.
Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor Kargil Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan, Executive Councillor for Education Advocate Muhammad Amir, Member Legislative Assembly Kargil Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai and Advisor to CEC Kargil Haji Muhammad Shafi also spoke on the occasion. Atlast Chairman Legislative Council Haji Anaya Ali appreciate for the great effort of the engineers and specially to Kacho Mehboob and his team.
Addressing a public gathering at Tourist Dak Bungalow Drass after inaugurating the project, the Chairman said the present regime is fully conscious of the growing power requirements of the people in line with the current trends and keeping this idea in mind a decent number of projects in the district are in the pipeline. 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 Barsoo Nallah under the Prime Minister’s Development Programme (PMDP), he said adding that projects at Mizat and Umba and other projects at Barsoo Nallah are in the DPR stage, while as their prefeasibility report have been prepared and submitted to the concerned quarters.