July 2018 News

Alternate Corridor Set To Enhance Electricity Import To Kashmir

24 July 2018
Greater Kashmir
Muddasir Ali

Srinagar: An alternate and 'dependable' transmission line is set to connect Kashmir valley with the northern grid which would help import electricity and tide over energy crisis, particularly during winter months. The power corridor comprising 850-km Jalandhar-Samba-Amargarh transmission line that passes along Mughal road would directly connect Kashmir with northern grid to enhance power import capacity to the valley. Ved Tiwari, chief executive officer Sterlite Energy Limited, which is executing the project, said just 600 meters of works was pending on the line in Khansahab which would be completed in next few days. 'We will be able to stabilise the line in a few months time once it is completed to ensure that people get a relief from power crisis during coming winter,' Tiwari told reporters here. He said the high capacity transmission line would enable power import of 1,000-MW to Kashmir and increase grid capacity. While 220-kms Jalandhar to Samba portion had already been completed the work was going on 560-kms Samba-Amargarh stretch. The Rs 3000 crore project was conceived in 2012 and work started in August 2014 with a targeted four year completion period. Laying of the line through Pirpanjal mountain range was a herculean task for which the company hired a helicrane from US for flying equipment to inaccessible and mountainous areas, Tiwari said. A total of 1115 pylons have been set up on the entire stretch of the line out of which 780 are along Samba-Amargarh stretch. One of the pylons has been erected at the height of 3200 meters, Tiwari said, adding the company was able to complete the project within the deadline despite immense challenges. Maintenance of the line would be taken care of by the company for 30 years after its commissioning. An official described the transmission line as 'super power highway' which would be used for import and export of energy. The state had pushed for construction of the line as bad weather conditions particularly during winter often lead to electricity supply breakdown in Kashmir. The existing transmission line which passes through Banihal comes under heavy snowfall along mountainous Pir Panjal range.