Cabinet approves Green Energy Corridor (GEC) Phase-II – ISTS for 13 GW Renewable Energy Project in Ladakh

Cabinet approves Green Energy Corridor (GEC) Phase-II – ISTS for 13 GW Renewable Energy Project in Ladakh

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today approved the Green Energy Corridor (GEC) Phase-II – Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) project for 13 GW renewable energy project in Ladakh.   The estimated cost of this project, to be established by the financial year 2029-30, is Rs 20,773.70 crore. 40 percent i.e. Rs 8,309.48 crore will be provided to the project as Central Financial Assistance (CFA).


Considering the complex terrain, adverse climatic conditions and sensitivity of defense boundaries of the Ladakh region , Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) will be the implementing agency of this project. State-of-the-art Voltage Source Converter (VSC) based High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) system and Extra High Voltage Alternating Current (EHVAC) system will be installed.


The power transmission line will pass through Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to Kaithal in Haryana, where it will be connected with the national grid. Interconnection from this project at Leh to the existing Ladakh grid is also planned to ensure reliable power supply to Ladakh. It will also be connected to the Leh-Alusteng-Srinagar line to provide electricity to Jammu and Kashmir. The project will include setting up of 713 km transmission lines (including 480 km HVDC lines) and 5 GW capacity High Voltage Direct Current Terminal at Pang (Ladakh) and Kaithal (Haryana).


This project will contribute to achieving the target of 500 GW installed power capacity from non-fossil fuels by the year 2030. This will help develop the country's long-term energy security and promote ecologically sustainable development by reducing carbon emissions. This will create many direct and indirect employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled personnel in power and other related sectors, especially in the Ladakh region.


This project is in addition to the Interstate Transmission System Green Energy Corridor Phase-II (STS GEC-II), which is already underway in the states of Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh for grid integration and electricity to grid delivery. Is in order of. 20 GW of renewable energy is expected to be achieved by the year 2026. INSTS GEC-II scheme aims to add capacity of 10753 circuit kilometers of transmission lines and 27546 Mega Volt Amp (MVA) substations. Its estimated cost is Rs 12,031.33 crore and CFA will be 33 per cent i.e. total Rs 3970.34 crore for the project under CFA. Will be provided.



Pavita Jones