NEW DELHI: Development plans entailing total investment of Rs 50,000 crore in power, solar energy, education and tourism sectors were in the pipeline for the Union Territory of Ladakh, home minister Amit Shah said on Sunday.
Launching the sale of winter-grade diesel in Ladakh’s capital Leh through video-conference, Shah said the government has made a provision to ensure that budget allocations for Ladakh will not lapse in case they are not utilised fully within the fiscal.
This is the first time winter-grade dieselhas been introduced in India. Its sale will be limited to high-altitude areas such as Leh and Kargil in Ladakh as well as Keylong and Kaza in Himachal Pradesh during winter.
Normal diesel freezes when winter temperature averages 15-20 degrees Celsius below freezing in these areas for 4-5 months. This leads to cold start problems for vehicle owners. The winter-grade diesel developed by IndianOil’s Panipat refinery with BS-VI specifications will not lose fluidity till minus 33 degrees.

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