Kaleshwaram a game changer

Kaleshwaram a game changer
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Billed as a game changer in the expansion of agricultural frontiers in the water-starved Telangana, Rs 13,595-crore Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP), a redesigned component of Pranahita-Chevella project designed to irrigate about 16.40 lakh acres in seven districts of the state, will be set in motion with the laying of foundation stone by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday.

KCR to lay stone at Medigadda today

Karimnagar: Billed as a game changer in the expansion of agricultural frontiers in the water-starved Telangana, Rs 13,595-crore Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP), a redesigned component of Pranahita-Chevella project designed to irrigate about 16.40 lakh acres in seven districts of the state, will be set in motion with the laying of foundation stone by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday.

It might be noted here that banking on the inflows that are estimated to be around 700 tmcft in two major tributaries of Godavari Pranahita and Indravati rivers, the state government chose Medigadda for barrage as more water is available at the location before finalising and according administrative sanctions for the KLIP which involved a lot of exercise, including bilateral symmetry with the Maharashtra government.

As per the plan, the barrage at Medigadda across the river Godavari is proposed to be constructed with a capacity of 19.73 tmcft with Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of +101 meters. While the barrage at Annaram is proposed to be constructed with a capacity of 6.22 tmcft with FRL of +122 meters, the one at Sundilla is to be constructed with a capacity of 2.16 tmcft with FRL of +131 meters.

As of now, the government’s plan is to utilise about 160 tmcft from the Pranahita river. In addition to the construction of barrages, three pump houses will also be built to lift water to Sripada Yellampally project and to Mid Manair dam. The water from Medigadda barrage is lifted and dropped on the upstream side in the Godavari river course at Annaram barrage.

It requires 450 MW power. From Annaram barrage, the water is lifted and dropped on the upstream side in the Godavari river course at Sundilla. The power requirement for this is 270 MW. Finally, the water from Sundilla barrage lifted and dropped on the upstream side in the Godavari river course at Sripada Yellampally Project. For this, the power requirement is 360 MW.

KCR, who is scheduled to visit Kaleshwaram temple on Monday morning, will perform Bhumi puja for the construction of the pump house at Kannepally. Later, he will fly to Ambatpalli village to set the foundation stone for the barrage works at Medigadda, which is about 20-km down from the Kaleshwaram temple.

The CM will also present a golden crown worth round Rs 34 lakh to the Goddess Shubhananda Devi to fulfil his vow. It’s learnt that during the Telangana Movement KCR vowed to offer a golden crown to Goddess if his wish of separate state is realised. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in and around Kaleshwaram as the area is prone to Maoist movement. Peddapalli MP Balka Suman and Manthani MLA Putta Madhu are overseeing the arrangements for the CM’s tour.

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