KALESHWARAM PROJECT IN TELANGANA
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Telangana government’s prestigious and world’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation scheme, Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) Phase I, was inaugurated.
- Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao inaugurated the project by releasing water from Kannepally pump house in the presence of governor ESL Narasimhan, and two other chief ministers YS Jaganmohan Reddy (Andhra Pradesh) and Devendra Fadnavis (Maharashtra).
- Designed to bring drinking water and irrigation to the parched areas of Telangana, a total of about 225 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) of water will be drawn through it from the Godavari river basin.
- Chief ministers and governor Narasimhan reached Kannepally pump house, which is the first pump house of the Kaleshwaram project and released the water.
- The Telangana government took up the project at a cost of Rs 80,000 crore which is considered an engineering marvel in terms of biggest under-ground pump houses, high power pumps and underground tunnels.
- The irrigation project is proposed to divert 195 tmcft of water from Godavari to irrigate 45 lakh acres of farmland besides supplying water for drinking purposes and industrial needs.
- Kaleshwaram is the one and the only project in the world, which can lift two tmcft of water every day.
- Efforts are on to add one more tmcft from the next year. It has world’s longest tunnel route of 203 km and utilisation of 139 MW maximum capacity pumps which were never used anywhere in the country.
- The uniqueness of the project is the biggest and crucial underground pumping station at Ramadugu (package 8) in Karimnagar district. Ramadugu pumping station is located at the 330 metre depth.
- Pranahita-Chevella project, which was undertaken by the Congress-ruled erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, it was redesigned, extended and rechristened Kaleshwaram project after Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) came to power in Telangana in 2014.
- The completion of this project by L&T is a first-of-its-kind in the Indian construction industry and has set several records in terms of sheer use of voluminous material like concrete and steel in record time in a challenging operating environment.