Kaleshwaram project eyes yet another record

The pace of work at the project sites has found many fans including Central Ministers, officials of the Central Water Commission and other State governments.

By   |  Published: 17th Apr 2018  8:11 pmUpdated: 17th Apr 2018  8:14 pm
Kaleshwaram awaits final clearance for national project status. -- File photo

Hyderabad: After setting a one day concrete pouring record of 7,139 cubic metres at a single site at Medigadda barrage on Sunday, the Telangana irrigation department now wants to beat the concrete pouring record of 21,589 cubic metres set in Dubai which was accomplished at a housing project in the Emirate. The irrigation department wants to accomplish this at one of the Kaleshwaram project system sites.

Larsen & Toubro, one of the major contractors for the project which has experience in large scale construction in 45 countries, is expected to take up this task soon.

It may be recalled that in 24 hours ending on Sunday, a total of 20,447 cubic metres of concrete was poured at different works that constitute the Kaleshwaram project with Medigadda barrage topping with 7,139 cubic metres. The pace of work at the project sites has found many fans including Central Ministers, officials of the Central Water Commission and other State governments.

The Kaleshwaram project on the Godavari river is a complex irrigation and drinking water supply plan constituting construction of 20 new reservoirs that will, when completed, store 142 thousand million cubic feet (TMCft) of water. The total length of canals and tunnels required for the project connecting the new reservoirs being built and the five existing reservoirs such as SRSP and Mid-Manair is 1832 km. Of this distance, 1,531 km comprise gravity canals and 203 km of tunnels with 98 km of pressure pipelines. This complex irrigation project, also comprises of 20 lifts that will use 19 pump houses that will in all, require 4627.24 mega watts of electricity.

Unlike many other irrigation projects where work is usually taken up in stages, with respect to Kaleshwaram, the pace of work is the same at every site of the project, irrigation department officials say. The length and breadth of the Kaleshwaram project is such that it touches nine of the 10 erstwhile Telangana districts with the exception of Mahbubnagar. Translated into the reorganized 31 districts in Telangana, the Kaleshwaram project will either provide fresh irrigation sources or stabilize existing ayacut totalling 37 lakh acres in the State. This extent of land accounts for about 60 per cent of all arable land in Telangana.

Kaleshwaram by numbers

20 – new reservoirs

5 – existing ones

1,832 km – Total length of water supply

1,531 – Lenght of gravity canals

203 km – Length of tunnels

98 km – Length of pressure pipelines

19 – Pump houses for 20 lifts

4627.24 MW power required

142 TMCft – Total storage capacity of all reservoirs

37 lakh – Number of acres to get irrigation

Watch the videos of construction here:

(Video source: Government of Telangana)