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Pattiseema to link Godavari, Krishna rivers on July 6

Pattiseema to link Godavari, Krishna rivers on July 6
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Acceleration hits the work as there is a proposed visit of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to Pattiseema in Polavaram mandal on July 6 to release Godavari water from the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (PLIS) to the Polavaram Right Main Canal (PRMC). 

Eluru: Acceleration hits the work as there is a proposed visit of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to Pattiseema in Polavaram mandal on July 6 to release Godavari water from the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (PLIS) to the Polavaram Right Main Canal (PRMC).

The PLIS, a brainchild of Naidu envisaged the supplying of water to Krishna river through PRMC as a part of the river linking programme. Apart from aiming to utilise the surplus floodwater, the PLSI will also meet the requirements of the new capital city, Amaravati.

The State government sanctioned the project on January 1, 2015 under GO No 1 of the Irrigation and Catchment Area Development (I&CAD) and accorded the contract to the Mega Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL), Hyderabad on February 23. The project aimed to lift water from the Akhanda Godavari river right bank near Pattiseema village. The foundation stone was laid by Naidu on March 29.

The PLIS is about to supply 8,500 cusecs of water to the PRMC. The minimum water storage level is more than 14 meters. The PLIS has 24 turbine pumps each with a supply capacity of 354 cusecs. The main pipe length in a single row is 3.925 km which requires 113 MW power to run the motors.

The PLIS is connected with 24 motors with a capacity of 5,300 HP each. The project will supply water to about 1.20 lakh acres in Krishna and West Godavari districts. With some additional inputs, the entire project now costs Rs 1,800 crore, while it has earlier been estimated as Rs 1,300 crore.

Through the PLIS, the State government decided to divert 80 TMCs of Godavari water to Krishna river. The PRMC will flow over 177 km at Pattiseema in West Godavari and Ibrahimpatnam in Krishna district. Considering its importance, Naidu dedicated the PLIS to the nation on August 15 last year and unveiled a pylon here. But natural calamities like heavy rainfall and flood have been the major constraints in the development of the project since beginning.

The MEIL of Hyderabad somehow completed the work ten days ago and the project is presently waiting for the release of water officially from the PLIS to PRMC. Speaking to The Hans India, PLIS Chief Engineer V S Ramesh Babu said on Monday that works including trial run have already been completed and 24 motors are there to pump water through 24 pumps to PRMC.

About 8,500 cusecs water would be released through PLIS on that day, he added. PRMC Superintending Engineer B Srinivasa Yadav said that works of small aqueducts were completed.

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