Remotest village in Kargil lit up after 71 years of Independence

One of the largest and the remotest village of Kargil district, Batambis, finally came out of darkness into the 21st Century light as it was electrified by the latest cutting-edge technology of DC solar micro grids recently.

The village of Batambis is situated at an altitude of more than 13000 feet above the sea level and at a distance of around 55 kilometers from Kargil with more than 60 households having a population of more than 700 people. The village remains cut off for more than 5 months in a year due to heavy snowfall and in winters the village gets up to 4-5 feet of snowfall owing to which the temperatures can go decrease up to -30 Degree Celsius.

And you would be surprised to know that this village has no mobile connectivity currently and in order to make a phone call, the villagers need to walk to a top of mountain pass at a height of 14,000 feet to get access to mobile signal.

Due to the efforts of the social enterprise Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), Kargil Renewable Energy Development Authority (KREDA) and the EICHER Group Foundation, the village was powered up by Solar energy in a span of 3 days.

The installed system has a capacity of around 6KW with over 450 Energy Efficient DC LED Lights and 3 days of backup in case of cloudy weather. The inauguration of the project was done by SSP Kargil T Gyalpo, Project Director Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan and Councilor Choskore Sheikh Mohammad Raza.

SSP Kargil T Gyalpo appreciated the efforts made by the GHE Team of Young Engineers Paras Loomba and Jaideep Bansal and Eicher Group Foundation for sponsoring the village which actually needs Electricity and which is the remotest and biggest village in Kargil district.

SSP Kargil also offered around Rs. 30,000 for the village to provide winter coaching to the children of the village.

Team Leader of GHE, Shakir told that GHE seeks to provide energy access to the remote mountainous communities of Leh, Kargil and Zanskar, and has till date electrified 53 villages in Ladakh. GHE has come up with an innovative Solar Micro Grid solution using energy efficient LED lights and DC appliances that has changed the electrification scenario of the region due to their aggressive planning on electrifying these remote villages.

In order to provide electricity to remote villages, as part of a CSR initiative, GHE has partnered with the EICHER Group Foundation to bring access to energy and education to the remote villages in the area. The Eicher Group foundation is committed to holistic development of the remote mountain communities.

Gaurav Sharma, CSR, Eicher Group Foundation said that they have collaborated with GHE and the partnership is aimed at bringing development in the remote areas of India, whether it's energy for the villagers or education to the students and also informed that the Eicher Group foundation is committed to holistic development of the remote mountain communities.

Kacho Ahmed Khan, Project Director of KREDA said that they have been working with GHE for the past 3 years to bring access to energy to all our remote villages in Kargil District. Due to this new technology shared by GHE, the team is now capable of electrifying the remote villages in Ladakh.

Over the last 3 years, GHE along with the local support of KREDA and LAHDC has electrified 18 villages and hamlets and 2 Monasteries in the Kargil District namely the renowned Phugtal and Rangdum Gompa and villages of Itchu, Lankerchey Brok, BodkharbhuPhu, Anmu, Cha, Malrling and the remote village of Shade, along with multiple villages in Zanskar.

Jaideep Bansal, Energy Access Leader, GHE said that with the help of EICHER Group Foundation and KREDA, they are able to maximize their impact by electrifying more villages and bringing development.

Councilor Sheikh Mohamad Raza thanked GHE, Eicher Group Foundation and KREDA on behalf of the Villagers for electrifying Batambis Village for the first time after 71 years of Independence.


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