‘Fruits, green vegetables will be available throughout year’
Srinagar, Sep 23: Ladakh region will soon get its first cold storage to overcome the shortage of fruits and green vegetables during six-month long winter season when the region remains closed down from rest of the world.
The 1000-metric ton Controlled Atmosphere Storage and Cold Storage facility, whose foundation stone was laid by Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs Chering Dorje in July last year at Agling Leh, is being constructed will full pace.
The storage will relieve the residents of the ‘cold desert’ from the shortage of fruits and green vegetables during the severe and freezing six-month long winter which remains closed to the rest of the world due to accumulation of huge snow at Zojilla pass on Srinagar-Leh highway.
Giving details of the vital storage, Dorjey said the project is being constructed at a cost of RS 9 crore, out of which Rs 4.50 crore is available under 13 Finance Commission and Rs 4.50 crore has been allotted under the Prime Minister’s Development Package.
“The storage will relieve us of the shortage of fruits, vegetables, and other food items during winter season. It will store food items all through the year,” Dorjey told KNS, adding that the work on the project is going on at full pace.
“We expect is to get completed as soon as possible and we are hopeful that it will be started next year,” he said.
Of the 1000 Mt capacity, 250 Mt is climate controlled and 750 Mt will be for cold storage, the minister said.
Constructed by Public Works Department, the project will be handed over to a cooperative society of Leh, Ladakh Cooperative Marketing Society, for operation and maintenance.
The minister said that farmers will be benefited a lot as the storage facility will facilitate regular vegetable supply to people, army and will also meet the vegetable and fruit produce demands of the hotels and guest houses throughout the year. (KNS)