Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a Maharatna PSU under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, has provided key medical equipment for critical care of patients in Leh in order to strengthen the medical infrastructure of Ladakh.
V K Singh, Director (Personnel) POWERGRID, handed over the equipment to Tashi Gyalson, Chief Executive Counsellor, Leh, in the presence of Ravinder Kumar, Secretary (Energy) Leh, Kailash Rathore, Executive Director, NR-II, POWERGRID, Shrikant Balasaheb Suse, DC, Leh, Tarun Bajaj, Chief General Manager (Projects) POWERGRID and other senior officials of POWERGRID, Jammu Kashmir Power Development Department (JKPDD) and Health Department of Leh.
The medical equipment, costing Rs 63 lakh, includes one vaccine delivery van, three transport ventilators for critical care, 13 multipara monitors, six ice lined refrigerators, nine deep freezers, four cardiotocography (CTG) machines, 40 BP monitoring apparatus, eight trauma care recovery trollies, 20 pulse oximeters.
These CSR efforts of the corporation will augment the existing health infrastructure for Ladakh and will support the extension of life-saving services to a greater number of needy people in remote places, through timely medical care at local health centres/hospitals. Earlier, POWERGRID had contributed Rs 1.72 crores towards various activities under CSR in Ladakh.
The corporation is also supporting the Union Territory in rural electrification infrastructure at far-flung villages under various schemes of the Government of India like PMDP, DDUGJY. One 66/11 kV sub-station in Leh and two 33/11 kV sub-stations in Nubra are being established, which will feed to various adjoining villages, improving the power availability. Under these schemes, POWERGRID is electrifying 39 villages at a cost of Rs 97 crore in Leh district. Further, under the PMDP scheme, the 66 kV power line network will also be strengthened at a cost of about Rs 30 crore.
In order to boost employment opportunities for local youth, POWERGRID has planned a special recruitment drive for junior engineers from the Ladakh region specifically.
POWERGRID has built a 335 km long transmission line and four state-of-the-art 220/66 kV GIS and 66 kV interconnection systems at Drass, Kargil, Khaltsi, and Leh, which connects the Ladakh region to the national grid, ensuring quality and reliable power supply in the region.
The corporation has 1,71,950 km of transmission lines, 262 sub-stations, and more than 4,44,738 MVA of transformation capacity. With the adoption of the latest technological tools and techniques, enhanced use of automation and digital solutions, POWERGRID has been able to maintain average transmission system availability >99 per cent.