Kaleshwaram, a manmade wonder

All arrangements in place to lift 2 tmc of Godavari water per day from Medigadda barrage beginning July-end

By Author  |  Published: 13th Jun 2019  1:47 amUpdated: 13th Jun 2019  1:58 am

Hyderabad: The Telangana government made all arrangements to lift 2 tmc of Godavari water per day from the Medigadda barrage beginning July-end. Water will be lifted from a height of 100 m above mean sea level at Medigadda to Kondapochamma Sagar, which is located at a height of 618 m above mean sea level through lifts at six locations.

In other words, water from the Godavari will be lifted to a height of about half a kilometre. The pump houses are being constructed to lift 2 TMC of water every day this year. Preparations are on to lift 3 TMC from next year. To lift such a huge quantum of water, the biggest and largest pumps are being used for the first time in the country.

The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme already set several records in the country in the irrigation sector. Often described as a man-created wonder by several visitors — including members of the Central Water Commission, irrigation experts, representatives from other States and the Centre — KLIS is a major lift irrigation project in the country, which is being constructed on fast track as per the schedule.

Round-the-clock works

To complete all the works on the Kaleshwaram project in a record time, works are on 24×7. Under the projects, three barrages, 19 reservoirs and 20 lifts are being constructed for a storage capacity of 141 TMC. Works are going on at a brisk pace for the 1,531-km main canal under 12 blocks and 203 km of tunnel round the clock. About 4,000 workers are working on shifts to complete the project.

Heavy duty pumps

Power utilities in Telangana made stellar arrangements, which no other State ever attempted, to ensure uninterrupted supply of power to the lift irrigation projects and schemes. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, realising the importance of power utilities in making the major projects a success, already alerted the officials concerned.

For the first time, a special Director was appointed exclusively for the lift irrigation schemes and projects in TS Transco. Under the leadership of Transco, Genco Chairman Devulapalli Prabhakar Rao, weekly review meetings are held between the discoms and Irrigation Department officials.

Officials were sent to Austria to study and recommend pumps’ capacity. An agreement was made with BHEL simultaneously and special pumps were manufactured at several plants.