World’s Highest Polling Station set up in India
- 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
- It is located at an altitude of 14,567 feet.