The Deputy Chairman LAHDC, Leh Tsering Angchuk today chaired a meeting of ONGC team headed by Deepak Kumar DGM Energy and Uday Shankar Chief General Manager ONGC Energy Sector who gave a presentation about the proposed pilot projects of ONGC on geothermal energy in Leh district at Council Secretariat Leh.
The meeting was also joined by the Chairman/CEC LAHDC, Leh Tashi Gyalson and MP Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal virtually from Delhi.
Other who attended the meeting were SE PDD, Leh Tsewang Paljor, OSD to Secretary Renewable Energy UT Ladakh Dr. Stanzin Thakchos, Advisor to LAHDC, Leh on Renewable energy Kunzes Dolma India’s only Geothermal Consultant and Nawang Thinless Coordinator ONGC Leh.
The team apprised the meeting that there have been efforts made by various organizations in exploration of geothermal energy since decades in Ladakh but now GoI under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has assigned ONGC to harness geothermal energy from Puga and other potential areas of UT Ladakh for which initial survey is going on these days.
CEC Gyalson, MP JTN and Dy. Chairman Angchuk welcomed the team of ONGC to Leh and highlighted the immense geothermal potential of Leh district and said that if this clean energy will be tapped properly without affecting the fragile environment and ecology of Ladakh and without compromising the interest of local people, then it will be a game changer for UT Ladakh in power sector and other potential sectors associated with geothermal energy.
CEC, Dy. Chairman and MP Ladakh assured all possible support from Hill Council Leh to ONGC in harnessing geothermal energy from potential areas, but asked the ONGC team to sign MoU with LAHDC, Leh involving all the stakeholders for the proposed pilot projects with clear understanding and consents of key players.
Advisor to LAHDC, Leh on Renewable energy Kunzes Dolma and other concerned officers also highlighted the scope of this sustainable energy in context with Puja, Chumathang, Panamik, Damjok etc known for geothermal repository and suggested their ideas to ensure sustainability and eco-friendly of ONGC pilot projects if implemented in future.