World’s Highest Polling Station set up in India

Highlights:

  • The world’s highest polling station will be set up in the sleepy village of Tashigang at an altitude of 15,256 feet.
  • It is located in the Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh, less than 30 kilometres from the India-China border.
  • The station will cater to 48 voters and falls under Mandi Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to the polls on May 19.
  • Owing to its remoteness, the village is connected with a road, which is closed most of the year for traffic due to snow.
  • The polling station also lacks mobile connectivity and the election officials have to use a satellite phone during polls.
  • The election officials intended to set up the polling booth at Gete village, but shifted to Tashigang as the school building was determined to be unsafe.
  • India’s previous ‘highest polling station’ was located in Hikkim, over 160 km away from Tashigang, in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district.
  • It is located at an altitude of 14,567 feet.