Godavari to meet bulk of Telangana needs

As part of the plan, it has been decided to lift a total of 3 TMCft each day from the Medigadda barrage increasing it from the original plan of lifting 2 TMCft each day.

By Author  |  Published: 17th May 2019  12:55 amUpdated: 17th May 2019  1:15 am

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday said that 85 per cent of all water requirements for the State will be met with from Godavari river through the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme.

As part of the plan, it has been decided to lift a total of 3 TMCft each day from the Medigadda barrage increasing it from the original plan of lifting 2 TMCft each day.

The plan to lift the additional water will be put in place from next year, the Chief Minister said. Chandrashekhar Rao laid out the plans to meet the bulk of irrigation, drinking water and industrial needs from Godavari river at a meeting at Pragati Bhavan where he reviewed the project’s progress and the electricity requirements for Kaleshwaram project system.

He said availability of water is assured at Medigadda and hence the government has decided to lift an additional 1 TMC from there and from next year at Medigadda, 3 TMC of water would be lifted. “This requires a total of 6,100 Mega Watts of electricity a year. During June and November, water can be lifted at the rate of 2 TMC per day and between July and October, at the rate of 3 TMC per day. Some water could also be drawn during December,” he said.

“Water for irrigation, drinking and for industries for 85 per cent of the area in Telangana has to be drawn from Godavari. Telangana has a share of 954 TMC in the river and the State has all the required permissions and clearances to use this share. We also entered into agreements with Maharashtra for construction of projects on the river,” the Chief Minister said.

Chandrashekhar Rao said officials should be ready to supply the required additional power for lifting water from Kaleshwaram project from this July.

“For drawing 2 TMC a day, the power required is 3, 800 MWs. For lifting an additional TMC of water, from next year’s Kharif season, the total power requirement will be 6,110 MW. The required additional power supply should be ensured round-the-clock for six months a year when the river will be in full flow,” he said.

Calling on officials to prepare scientific estimates on availability of water each month in the river and the power required for lifting the water, he said another 1,000 MWs would be required for Devadula and Sitarama lift irrigation projects.

The Chief Minister said by lifting 540 to 600 TMC a year, the government aims to irrigate 45 lakh acres for two crops each year. He assured the government would provide the funds needed to power the Kaleshwaram project by providing special grants to the State’s power utilities.

The Chief Minister also suggested that officials explore the possibility of producing hydel power through the water flowing from the lift irrigation schemes.

Telangana Transco and Genco CMD D Prabhakar Rao said that in addition to 24 hours power supply in the State and the required supply for Kaleshwaram, the utilities were ready to provide the required power for other irrigation projects.

Prabhakar Rao said the utilities have met daily demand of up to 11,000 MWs without any power cuts in the State and were ready to supply 6,000 MWs for the lift irrigation projects. “We are ready to meet a total demand of even up to 17,000 MWs,” he said.

The present installed capacity for power generation in Telangana is 16,203 MWs and by the end of this year, 1080 MWs from Bhadradri plant will be available while another 1,600 MWs from NTPC will be available in about two months. In all, Transco is prepared and is capable of supplying as much as 28,000 MWs power on completion of various powers projects in the State.

The Chief Minister complimented the power utilities for completing the required arrangements to supply power for Kaleshwaram project and said they should work with the same spirit to ensure power is available for lifting 3 TMC per day through Kaleshwaram project.

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