Remote village in Ladakh gets electricity for the first time post-Independence

In the Union Territory of Ladakh, Photoksar village in Leh district got electricity for the first time, triggering joy and happiness among its residents.

As cities across the country adopt the latest technological advancements, residents of this hamlet are celebrating the advent of electricity for the first time since Independence. The remote Himalayan villages are struggling with basic amenities even in the 21st century. They live in the dark with limited resources, medical support and education. The potential of thousands of children remains untapped.

Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor (CEC), Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh Tashi Gyalson inaugurated the NHPC powergrid line for Photoksar village on Sunday, Power Development department (PDD) officials said. “We thank PM Modi and our MP for electrifying this remote village,” he said. He also assured to electrify five more hamlets – Yulchung, Nyraks, Skyumpata, Lingshed and Dipling – in the coming years. Talking about the upcoming telecommunication facilities in Singhey-Lakok area after 70 years, Tashi Gyalson said work on installation of Jio towers at Photoksar is underway and soon Yulchung and Lingshed will also see such development. He also promised to install more mobile towers in remaining villages of the area in the future. Regarding electrification of remote villages of Leh district, CEC hoped that all other villages of Nubra, Changthang and Sham will be connected with Northern Grid in the shortest possible time.