Hyderabad: The multi-stage Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) is destined to transform the rural landscape of the State by filling up ponds, lakes, check dams and every other water body that comes under the distributor canal network. These bodies will not only add to the water table in the nearby villages but also stabilise the existing ayacut, bringing more land under cultivation.
With the canal distribution system opening up under the Ranganayak Sagar reservoir, 150 tanks and check dams are being filled up under the right and left canals. The reservoir water while reaching to Komuravelli Mallanna Sagar surge pool also flows to the remote and hitherto never-irrigated lands of Siddipet district through an open canal network. Similarly, water from the Anantagiri (Annapurna) reservoir is also being channeled to 20 tanks on its way to the Ranganayak Sagar.
“Once the water reaches the Kondapochamma Sagar, which is the end of the line for the Link IV of the KLIS, we will fill up 100 or more water bodies,” KLIS (Hyderabad) Engineer-In-Chief Bhookya Hariram told ‘Telangana Today’. He said in Rajanna-Sircilla, Siddipet, Yadadri-Bhongir and Medak, the Godavari water would reach 2,500 water bodies transforming the shape of agriculture in these four districts forever.
The Engineer-In-Chief said when the entire project was completed by December 2021, there would be enough water in the canals and water bodies to irrigate 18,25,700 acres of new ayacut and stabilise 18,92,000 acres of the existing ayacut, which would be covered under the KLIS network. “The canals being built will carry water on gravity, and there is no need for pumping like in Package 21 (Link VII) where water is being pumped through pipe irrigation in certain highland areas under an experiment basis to save water,” he said.
The old ayacut is mostly under the Sri Ram Sagar, Nizam Sagar and Singur projects. While the KLIS with its reservoirs will bring in 141 tmc to irrigate new ayacut, the SRSP with 90.310 tmc will stabilise 13,66,000 acres under Stage 1 and 2, the 17-tmc Nizamsagar 2,31,000 acres and the 30-tmc Singur 40,000 acres in the erstwhile Medak district.
Reservoirs and water bodies under KLIS
According to Sridhar Rao Deshpande, OSD (Irrigation) to the Chief Minister, the KLIS with a total capacity of 453.018 tmc is aimed at providing irrigation to 45,01,700 acres of land, which includes both new (18,25,700 acres) and stabilised (26,76,000 acres) ayacut. Similarly, the entire KLIS would fill 65,000 water bodies when the project was completed, stabilising a whopping 5,00,000 acres.
Other reservoirs that will fill up water bodies en route under the KLIS include Yellampalli (20.175 tmc), Mid Manair (25.873 tmc), Lower Manair (24 tmc), Kadem reservoir (7.630 tmc), Usman and Himayat Sagar (7 tmc), Keshavapur (10 tmc), Shamirpet (3 tmc) for drinking water, Sri Ram Sagar Flood Flow Canal (2 tmc), Gouravelli (8.230 tmc), Gandipalli (0.160 tmc), Alisagar-Gutpa (0.340 tmc) and Mailaram-Bayyannavagu balancing reservoirs (1.300 tmc).
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