New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on 17 November launched the first winter-grade diesel outlet for Ladakh region, which will help to address problems faced by people due to loss of fluidity in diesel fuel during extreme winter conditions. He said the winter grade diesel produced by Panipat Refinery for the first time has a pour point of minus 33 degree Celsius and does not lose its fluidity function even in the extreme winter weather of the region, unlike the normal grade of diesel which becomes exceedingly difficult to utilize.
Speaking on the occasion, Shah said that the government led by Narendra Modi is committed to bringing the region of Ladakh, which was neglected for the last 70 years, at par with the rest of the country. He said that the abrogation of Article 370 was a step in that direction. He also said that by bringing change in the status of Ladakh and the enhanced budget, all-round development of the region has been ensured. He added that the newly introduced provisions of local taxation will also augment their financial resources.
Referring to a series of developmental measures taken by the Modi Government in the last 5 years including the Srinagar-Leh Transmission Line for electricity, 14 Solar projects for Leh and Kargil, Ladakh University, 2 new degree colleges, 5 new tourist circuits and tracks for tourists and mountaineers, subsidised helicopter sew and up-gradation of District Hospital, Shah said that people of Ladakh, Leh and Kargil now enjoy same rights and will be equal partners in the development of the country.
Shah said that besides 9 MW hydropower project, India’s largest solar project of 7500 MW with an outlay of Rs 50,000 Crore will be completed in 4 years. This will not only bring development in the Ladakh region but will also create employment opportunities.
Shah said that this winter-grade diesel will, smoothen the travel and transportation during the peak tourist season in extreme cold, and will also help in giving a boost to tourism and supply needs of the people of the region and helping in the overall economic development.
Tour and Taxi operators linked through the video-conferencing from Leh thanked Shah for taking this historic measure and said that this new version of diesel will bring a new dawn in the region.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan; Member of Parliament from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal; and other senior officials of the Home Ministry and Petroleum Ministry were present on the occasion.
Last week, DoNER Minister of State Jitendra Singh had said that Union Territory regimes of J&K and Ladakh will make up for the lapses of the past and give due priority to vital sectors which had somehow suffered from low priority or negligence.
Earlier this week, a Regional Conference on Good Governance and Digital Governance had resolved to develop J&K, Ladakh UTs as models of excellence.