Ladakh’s Snowmelt Irrigation System Faces Decline

Everyone in Ladakh was thrilled and relieved when the region finally saw its first snowfall in February after long anticipation. Ladakh is a cold desert, and its arid climate makes conditions harsh for agriculture where water scarcity poses a significant challenge to agricultural productivity, solutions are essential for sustaining food production and livelihoods. The region receives a good amount of snow during the winter months (January) creating a natural reservoir of freshwater that is c...

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EC Kacho Mohd Feroz reviews physical, financial achievements of PHE, I&FC Division

Kargil, Oct 30, 2023: Executive Councilor, PHE and Irrigation, LAHDC, Kargil, Kacho Mohd Feroz Jaffer today conducted a meeting with Executive Engineer PHE and Irrigation and Flood Control Kargil to review the physical and financial achievements of all schemes being executed by PHE and I&FC Division Kargil.

All ongoing and new schemes were thoroughly discussed and directions were issued to the concerned executing agencies to complete the tendering process and budget allotments pending, if...

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Protesters from Sangra Village Outraged Over Key Issues, Demand Government Action

Vol Desk ,July 01: A delegation from Sangra village, Sankoo Block, gathered near the DC office to express their discontent with the district administration. Outraged by three main concerns, the protesters voiced their demands for immediate government action.

The first issue addressed by the villagers was the installation of a transmission line from Kargil to Zanskar on the mainland. Councilor Sankoo expressed concerns over potential livelihood disruptions and life-threatening problems as...

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Work quality compromised by contractor in irrigation kul at Chokiyal, Drass: Public, AEE

VoL Desk, Drass, Nov. 18: Villagers of Doks, Chokiyal alleged compromise of work quality by the contractor in an irrigation kul being constructed at the village. The villager expressed the concern in a mass interaction with the weekly Voice of Ladakh correspondent.

The villagers further alleged that the work is started from the end of the channels of the irrigation kul locally called “hRka-yur” instead of the main water source locally called “hRkong/maa-yur”.

In the video the public sh...

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Drought like situation in Drass villages; farmers leave agricultural land unploughed

“Drass”; on hearing this word, things that come to mind are lush green fields with horses among them, natural beauty, green trees, and an abundance of water. But you must be surprised on hearing that two villages of Drass have abandoned their agricultural lands this year because of an acute shortage of irrigation water.

The public in the Lamochan and Sukutiyal villages told to Voice of Ladakh reporter that the streams have dried which were the key source of irrigation and drinking water. ...

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Secretary Ravinder visits Solar Water Pump Chanigund installed by KREDA

KARGIL, May 18, 2022: Secretary, Power Development Department and New and Renewable Energy, UT Ladakh Ravinder Kumar Dangi today visited 5 HP Solar Water Lifting Pump at Chanigund which has been installed by KREDA Kargil within a record time of three days.

On the directions of the Secretary, the Solar Water Lifting Pump has been installed on a war-footing basis within a short time for the benefit of farmers and to irrigate fields.

Project Director KREDA along with team of engineers, ex...

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Karkitchoo village likely to get solar submersible pump

KARGIL, April 26, 2022: Executive Councilor Works Aga Syed Abass Razvi today inspected land feasibility and other technical aspects for the installation of solar submersible pump for lift irrigation at Karkitchoo village.

Councilor Badgam Altaf Hussain, Superintending Engineer (SE) PWD, Er Tashi Tundup, Engineers of PWD, besides other concerned officers were present during the visit.

The SE PWD informed that the tender and allotment of the solar submersible pump has already been done a...

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CEC inaugurates two solar water lifting pumps at Santakschan, Dargo

KARGIL AUGUST 24, 2021: Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan inaugurated two 7.5 HP solar submersible water lifting pumps at Santakschan and Dargo village here today.

The CEC was accompanied by the Executive Councillor for Health Mohsin Ali, Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve, Project Director KREDA Kacho Ahmad Khan besides other concerned officers. 

The solar submersible water lifting pumps have been developed by KREDA in a ...

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Lankore to get two solar water lift pumps for irrigation?

KARGIL, JUNE 10, 2021: Reflecting on the shortage of water in Lankore and other suburbs of Kargil town Councillor town Haji Mohammad Abass assured to take necessary and speedy action to address the shortage of water issue. He said that the issue was raised with the CEC Kargil who has assured to call a meeting on the matter to bring out a solution for the problem.

On the ongoing project being established under AMRUT, Councillor Town Haji Abass said that the work is already under process an...

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Lankore face an acute shortage of irrigation water

KARGIL, MAY 31, 2021: Ploughing of agricultural fields commences between mid of March in suburb villages of Kargil town. And with a difference of few days, other villages in Kargil district also plough fields. The period extends to the month of May in far-flung areas where farmers grow only one crop. However, 25-35 days after ploughing water for first irrigation is needed as per a normal routine. Pathetically, village Lankore that is adjacent to the Kargil town got water for first irrigation...

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