Omar Abdullah Welcomes Narendra Modi on Inaugration Of Kargil Power Project

LEH/KARGIL, AUGUST 12 – Welcoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in Ladakh to lay foundation of 220 KV Transmission Line and inaugurate
Nemo-Bazgo, Leh and Chutak, Kargil Power Projects, Chief Minister,
Omar Abdullah Tuesday mentioned the former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and praised him for taking up the two power projects in the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Programme (PMRP) and fully funding these for timely completion.

PM Narendra Modi welcomed by CM omar abdullah at Leh Airport

Addressing the two separate functions organized at Leh and Kargil in
this regard, the Chief Minister said that NHPC could not have
completed these projects had Dr. Manmohan Singh not released adequate funds for these under PMRP.

Omar Abdullah highlighted the courage of the people of Leh and Kargil
and mentioned their capacity to face challenges smilingly and bravely.
He said people of this most beautiful part of the world remain cut-off
from the rest of the Country during winters and face lot of hardships.
He said the only connectivity of the area with the rest of the Country
is through airlines but Kargil District is still bereft of this facility and the most costly tickets debar general population of Leh to travel outside the area during winters.

The Chief Minister said that he has time and again advocated at the
Centre Government level that some special attention needs to be paid
to make the air tickets affordable for the people of Leh and brining
Kargil on the map of commercial airlines.

The Chief Minister while thanking the Prime Minister for announcing
full funding of Zojila Tunnel said that this tunnel is the cherished
desired of the people of Kargil. He said till the time this tunnel is
completed there is urgent need that Kargil is provided the facility of
commercial airlines. He also mentioned the immediate need of land for
the expansion of Kargil Town and sought Prime Minister’s support for
providing the part of Khurbathong Plateau for this purpose which is
under the use of Army at present. “Army can utilize whatever portion
of the plateau it requires and rest can be provided for the expansion
of Kargil town which is need of the hour”, he elaborated and mentioned
the patriotism of the people of Kargil who have faced many hardships
of war and cross-border shelling but exhibited their highest degree of
bravery and patriotism.
PM Narindra Modi inaugurating Nemo-Bazgo Power Project at Leh
Omar Abdullah said that many attempts were made to misguide the youth of Kargil by the vested interests during the period of turmoil but the
people of Kargil refused to fall prey in the hands of exploiters. He
showered praises over the people of Kargil for their courage, bravery
and patriotism.

The Chief Minister mentioned the high potential of solar energy in Leh
Region as also the high tourist potential of the area. He said that in
solar energy potential Leh is equal to Gujarat. He said State
Government has signed MoU with the Union Ministry for MNRE when Dr.
Farooq Abdullah headed this Ministry. He said under this MoU tapping
of 5000 MWs of solar energy will be achieved through various projects.
He said this will give fillip to the economy of the region.

Omar Abdullah said that by the construction of 220 KV Transmission
System from Alastaing-Srinagar to Leh via Drass-Kargil and Khalsti,
the surplus power from Leh and Kargil Districts can be evacuated for
utilization in other parts of the State.

Governor, N. N. Vohra was present on both the functions which were
also addressed by the Prime Minister, Narindra Modi and Union Minister
of State for Power, Piyush Goyal.

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