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TelanganaDocumentary on Kaleshwaram project to be aired on Discovery Channel

Documentary on Kaleshwaram project to be aired on Discovery Channel

Published: 19th Jun 2021 8:03 pm

Hyderabad: “Man and machine join forces,” starts a 30-second promo that created a buzz among officials after it was widely circulated on various social media platforms explaining about the mega Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) on Godavari River.

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Come June 25 an international documentary film on KLIS titled ‘Lifting a River’ will be aired on Discovery Channel networks with the project aerial shot pictures and videos at 8 pm. The promo explained that the Kaleshwaram project was the world’s biggest lift irrigation and multipurpose project.

“Never such a huge capacity of pumps elsewhere been installed or commissioned,” said in the promo showing the pictures of project sites. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao dedicated the project to farmers of the nation on June 21, 2019.

The promo has created much curiosity among officials in Telangana Irrigation department. Right from Engineer-in-Chief to Assistant Executive Engineer and other staff started forwarding it to their colleagues and friends urging them to watch the documentary.

“We have been receiving messages through WhatsApp since yesterday about the documentary on the Kaleshwaram project. We are also keen to watch it on Friday,” a Chief Engineer seeking anonymity said. He said the world would know the hard work put in by the department in completing the project once the documentary is aired.

Sources said the Discovery Channel started making the documentary in 2017. The crew took videos of the project at different sites and compiled it for making a detailed documentary. Engineer-in-Chief (Irrigation) Ramagundam Nalla Venkateshwarlu explained to the crew the importance of the project in Telangana.

“When the crew met me at one of the project sites, I narrated the entire background of the project,” Venkateshwarlu told Telangana Today. He said he too was curious to watch the documentary on the Kaleshwaram project. The Lakshmi (Medigadda) barrage, the first of several structures of the project, to capture and store water from Godavari and its tributaries, started receiving heavy inflows from Pranahitha in the last few days, much ahead of the usual inflow season in July.

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