LEH, JUNE 27- Minister for Ladakh Affairs and Cooperative, Chhering Dorjey today discussed the modalities for setting up of prestigious Solar Power plant and upgradation of irrigational facilities at village Phey in Lah with the locals during his visit to the village.
While interacting with the people, the Minister said that the Government has already approved a Solar Power Plant with a capacity of 20 MWs on 800 kanals of land at village Phey through JKPDC for augmentation of power scenario. He further said that Government has also sanctioned a Lift Irrigation scheme for the village, which was a long pending demand of the people and efforts are being made to arrange the funds for the same. Both these projects have been sanctioned under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of PDC.
He discussed the modalities with regard to the acquisition of land and other issues with the people and local administration. He called upon the administration to take immediate measures to acquire the land for both these projects to commence work on these at the earliest.
In order to augment the drinking water scenario in the area, the Minister said that the Government has devised a sustainable scheme to ensure adequate quantity of water to the people. The water will be lifted from the river and supplied to the peripheral localities. The Minister further informed that the Government will explore all possibilities to establish more hydro power projects of different capacities, preferably in Nubra, Lalok and Leh to make optimum use of the available potential. He hoped that with these developmental initiatives, the socio-economic status of the area will definitely get a boost.
On the occasion, the locals put forth few demands before the Minister which pertained to the blacktopping of approach road, completion of internal road and installation of a motorable bridge over the Indus in place of the foot suspension bridge connecting other side of the Indus which was washed away by the flood in 2010.
The Councilor area, Phuntsog Dorjey and Executive Engineer, PDC, Shiv Kumar also accompanied the Minister in the village.