This village in Kargil district saw electricity in 2017 even though electricity was introduced to Indians in 19th century!!! Whom to blame?

es, a village of Kargil district, Batambis, finally saw electricity in the 21 century.

Since Independence, the life of J&K youths was destroyed by handing guns into their hand. No political party intended to give even the basic facility needed. The people here were just considered as vote banks and were used as a weapon against India.

But now the life in J&K is slowly and steadily changing. Yes, a village of Kargil district, Batambis, finally saw electricity in the 21 century. This village is located 13,000 feet above the sea level. DC solar microgrids is the latest technology used to light this remote village.

Batambis village has over 60 households with a population of 700. What makes this village further remote and inaccessible is that it remains cut off for more than 5 months in a year due to heavy snowfall.

In winter, the condition will be further pathetic as the village gets up to 4-5 feet of snowfall owing to which the temperatures can go decrease up to -30 Degree Celsius. What makes the life even worse is that to make a call, the villagers need to go to a mountain which is 14000 feet so that they would get network.

For the first time, this village gets electricity!!!

  • The credit of electrifying this village goes to Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), Kargil Renewable Energy Development Authority (KREDA) and the EICHER Group Foundation.
  • Due to the combined efforts, the village was set-up by Solar energy in a span of 3 days.
  • Batambis village has got over 450 energy-efficient DC LED lights. It has three-day of power back-up in case of cloudy weather.

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, reported “jammulinksnews.com”.

Electricity in India: A quick recap!!!

  • The first electric light was lit in Calcutta in 1879 and then in 1881. With Calcutta Electric Lighting Act in 1895, Kilburn & Co. obtained the license of electrification in Calcutta as an agent of Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation Limited. The Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation Limited was registered in London.
  • Asia’s first streetlights came up in Bengaluru in August 1905 when the city got nearly 100 of them installed at prominent locations. Within a year, there were 861 streetlights and 1,639 domestic connections. The local administration had appointed three men for the street lamps – one would clean the black smoke left by the burning fuel, the other to pump gas and the other to light the flame.

Source: http://www.jammulinksnews.com/newsdetail/142080/Jammu-Links-News-Remotest_village_in_Kargil_lit_up_after_71_years_

Hansika Raj