Himachal Pradesh: HPSEB Plans To Lay Electric Cables Beneath Rohtang Tunnel To Ensure Power Supply In Lahaul-Spiti
Himachal Pradesh: HPSEB Plans To Lay Electric Cables Beneath Rohtang Tunnel To Ensure Power Supply In Lahaul-SpitiHimachal Pradesh witnesses heavy snow during the winter months. (Shyam Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) is working on a plan to lay electric cables under the Rohtang tunnel in order to check power outages during the winter months in the state’s Lahaul-Spiti district, The Tribune has reported.

The tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti, at present, is dependent on 33 kW Kullu substation’s power transmission lines which pass through the 13,050 feet Rohtang pass. During the winter months, these lines are often damaged by the heavy snowfall in the region.

More than 20 feet of snowfall is received by the pass during winters which makes it very difficult for HPSEB officials to repair the damaged lines and restore the power supply in time. This renders the residents of Lahaul-Spiti without electricity for months.

Himachal Power Minister Anil Sharma told the paper that the government is planning to lay electric cables beneath the tunnel which will help the power department to ensure regular supply of power to the residents of Lahaul-Spiti.

According to the report, HPSEB had submitted a proposal to the authorities of the Boarder Road Organisation (BRO) in order to provide space for laying cables under the duct of the tunnel.

BRO will reportedly discuss the issue with the experts in order to know the feasibility of the proposal.

Lahaul-Spiti residents said that the move would bring a huge relief to them as during the winter, power supply and telecommunications services in the region remain disrupted.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber