Most of 40 helipads approved for Ladakh, one Hangar at Sindhu Ghat completed: MHA

The Government of India has approved Rs 25 crore for construction/upgradation of 40 helipads in the Union Territory of Ladakh including two Hangars for stationing of helicopters. Most of these helipads and one Hangar at Sindhu Ghat in Leh have been completed.

Construction of such a large number of helipads and two Hangars gained significance as they come amid ongoing tension between Indian and Chinese militaries along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.

“An amount of Rs 25 crore has been approved for construction and upgradation of more than 40 helipads in both Leh and Kargil districts and two Hangars for stationing of helicopters–one each in two districts of the Union Territory of Ladakh. Most of these helipads and one Hangar at Sindhu Ghat, Leh have been completed,” the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) annual report on Ladakh, said.

The helicopter services have turned out to be of immense benefit for the people of Ladakh.

The MHA report said under the subsidized helicopter service scheme, two helicopters are being operated by Pawan Hans Limited in various sectors of Ladakh through Online booking system. About 3600 passengers have availed the helicopter services and more than 60 critical patients and emergency evacuations have been airlifted by the UT administration through the helicopter services, it added.

As per the report, following commissioning and strengthening of 220 KV Srinagar-Leh transmission line, there has been a major improvement in reliable power supply in Ladakh and five DG sets have been phased out by providing Grid connectivity during 2021-22 as a step towards carbon-neutral Ladakh.

“Work on 220 KV transmission line from Phyang to Diskit, Nubra and Drass to Padum, Zanskar has been started with a project cost of Rs 1309.72 crore. With completion of the transmission line, Nubra and Zanskar will get 24×7 power supply through the Grid,” the MHA report said.

It added that a 50 MW Solar Power Project at Taru, Leh approved under Prime Minister’s Development Plan (PMDP), has been taken up by the SECI for execution and completion of project will reduce load on 220 KV Srinagar-Leh transmission line during winter and also during peak demand.