Telangana

Kaleshwaram project on verge of completion

Work in progress on the underground tunnel of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project at Laxmipur in Ramadugu mandal in Karimnagar district on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Byarrangement

It is exactly three years since Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao laid the foundation stone for the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) on May 2, 2016, and the project is all set to provide irrigation to this kharif season.

With an aim to fulfil the promise of providing irrigation sources to one crore acres of land in the newly formed Telangana State, the government had redesigned the Pranahita-Chevella lift irrigation project and took up the ambitious Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project by constructing barrage at Medigadda — where there was abundant availability of rivers Godavari and Pranahita — near Kaleshwaram temple in Mahadevpur mandal abutting Maharashtra.

The government conducted LiDAR (light detection ranging) survey before zeroing on the Medigadda project site where there was availability of 282.3 tmcs of water in a year. Accordingly, the government secured all clearances from the Centre and also signed MoU with the Maharashtra government for the execution of the Medigadda barrage and sharing of river waters through lift to provide irrigation to around one lakh acres in Maharashtra.

Meticulously planned

The government departments had meticulously planned the project that was taken up as a matter of prestige and the work was completed at each stage in a time-bound manner. Work went on 24x7 at all the project sites right from Medigadda barrage site to the Mallannasagar and Kondapochamma project. It was decided to utilize about 180 TMCs of water during the rainy season from the Medigadda to provide irrigation to 18.19 lakh acres and additional 12.5 lakh acres of SRSP, Nizamsagar, Singoor and Flood flow canal through reverse pumping technology.

The water from the Medigadda would be lifted to Annaram and to Sundilla barrages. Later, it would be pumped into Sripada Yellampalli project and to Mid Manair Dam (MMD). From MMD it would be lifted to Mallannasagar, Gouravelli, Gandipelli reservoirs.

Already, the work has been completed in crucial packages 6,7 and 8 and last month the officials conducted wet run of motors at Nandi Medaram under tunnel. The Chief Minister has been constantly monitoring the progress at every site and interacting with the officials regularly. He visited the project sites twice. Then Minister for Irrigation T. Harish Rao had also supervised the execution of the project and used to visit the sites regularly.

Karimnagar gains

The completion of the KLIP would transform the erstwhile Karimnagar district on the lines of coastal Andhra districts with the availability of water throughout the year in Sripada Yellampalli project, Mid Manair Dam, Lower Manair Dam, SRSP flood flow canal.

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