Karimnagar: Former Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Hemant Soren, said on Friday that the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project being constructed on Godavari river will be a major boon for Telangana. The former CM was flown from the Begumpet airport to Kaleshwaram in a helicopter and visited the Medigadda pumphouse and barrage. Soren was received by a team of district officials led by the District Collector. Later he also visited Annaram barrage.
Impressed by the swift progress achieved by the government in the project works within months of receiving all the clearances, Soren said that the project will stand out as a monumental contribution to the young State, which was subjected to neglect for decades in the irrigation sector. Irrigation Minister Harish Rao apprised him of the redesigning of the project and the benefits that would accrue to the State from the project.
Water drawal in June
Later, Harish Rao informed the former CM that though Medigadda barrage was scheduled to be completed by December next, water would be drawn from Godavari river by commissioning its pumphouse from some time in June or July. There would be adequate water available for utilisation at Medigadda point with the onset of monsoon. He wanted the officials to complete the erection of gates along with other pending works at all the three barrages, including Annaram and Sundilla, by June.
Harish Rao along with Soren also examined the ongoing works at Sundilla, Dharmaram in Peddapalli and Laxmipur in Karimnagar district. The Irrigation Minister expressed satisfaction over the way in which the works were being done and emphasized the need to speed up pumphouse works. Out of three, the works of Kannepalli pumphouse should be completed first, he said, adding that the water would be taken to Annaram and Sundilla later. There would be ten days’ gap to take water from Kannepalli to Annaram and another ten days from Annaram to Sundilla.
Penta Reddy, Irrigation Advisor, was asked to visit and review the progress of works every week. Per day, 5,500 cubic metres of concrete work was being done at Medigadda, while 4,000 cubic metres of work was being done at Annaram and Sundilla.
On the other hand, fixing of gates was a big task since 85, 66 and 74 gates have to be fixed at Medigadda, Annaram and Sundilla respectively. Each radial gate is 15 meters in height and weighs 70 tons. Harish informed that L&T has imported a machine from Japan for the installation of the gates on a fast track. Initially, they had planned to prepare gates in six parts but it was reduced to three parts.
Kannaiah Naidu, expert in designing of crest gates, was asked to visit the projects and review the situation every week. Stating that completion of sub-stations was more important to run motors, he said electricity officials were confident of starting sub-stations by April.