Hyderabad: The countdown has begun for yet another critical test in the implementation of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS). The first of 11 pumping units 40 MW capacity each is getting ready for the wet run on May 8 at Kannepalli pumphouse in Jaishankar Bhupalpalli district. Six units are ready for the wet run.
The Kannepalli pumphouse will facilitate lifting of water in the first stage of the project. The project authorities are putting up a cofferdam over the Godavari for diverting about 12,000 cusecs of water flow available in the river for facilitating the wet run. The water lifted by the pumphouse would be emptied in Annaram barrage through a 13.2-km stretch of gravity canal.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao took stock of the work progress on the pumphouse on January 1, 2019. He wanted the works to be fast-tracked to ensure its timely completion. Accordingly, the agencies entrusted with the installation of the pumping units have stepped up the works.
A team of officials led by Smitha Sabharwal, Special Secretary to CM, and Sridhar Rao Deshpande, OSD (Irrigation) to CM, visited the pumphouse and took stock of the progress on Saturday. Sabharwal asked the officials to ensure that all arrangements were in place for the wet run.
The officials have already embarked on the mandatory exercises as part of the wet-run protocols. Two of the pumping units at Kannepalli would be taken up for the wet run trial, which would be conducted separately and simultaneously as was the case in package 6 wherein two pumping units had undergone the wet run exercise recently, according to officials.
The package 6 pumphouses lifted water to Nandimedaram reservoir from Yellampalli. Three of the crucial barrages — Medigadda, Annaram and Sundilla — that make a major part of the multi-package KLIS are almost ready. The pumping units at Ramadugu pumphouse of the project are also getting ready for the wet run.
The Chief Minister is firm on completing works on the key packages in time as it will ensure the release of water to the ayacut partially after the onset of monsoons that bring floods in the river.