Big barrage planned across Godavari
After Kaleshwaram, another big barrage and a mega hydel project at the cost of Rs 14,000 crore is coming up on River Godavari in the Telangana State.
Hyderabad: After Kaleshwaram, another big barrage and a mega hydel project at the cost of Rs 14,000 crore is coming up on River Godavari in the Telangana State.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Thursday gave his nod to construct a barrage with 37 tmc ft of water reserve capacity and hydel project with an installation capacity of 320 MW at Dummugudem.
The CM held a high-level meeting, attended by officials of irrigation and energy department, reviewed the status of the ongoing irrigation project works, including Kaleshwaram taken up on Godavari.
KCR instructed the officials concerned to take up land acquisition for the new barrage and hydel project on a war-footing. The barrage will be constructed using high-end technology which helps to store 37 tmc ft of water in the river itself.
He asked the officials to finalise the project cost estimation and invite the tenders by this month-end.
The officials of energy department were asked to make necessary arrangements for the establishment of the hydel project in coordination with the irrigation department.
The Chief Minister also said that the capacity of water pumping from Kalehwaram to Mid Manair will be increased to 3 tmc ft per day from the current 2 tmc ft capacity.
After lifting water to Mid Manair, 2 tmc ft of water will be pumped into the Mallannasagar reservoir which is under construction.
He wanted the officials to finalise the tenders this month end and complete the works on a fast pace. The two proposals will be approved in the next cabinet meeting.
The cost of the construction of new barrage at Dummugudem and increase of the lift capacity will be around Rs 13,000 crore to Rs 14,000 crore.
The high-level meeting also took another policy decision of removal of Major, Medium and minor project division and merged all the three into a single state irrigation department.
He suggested the creation of seven zones in the irrigation wing and appoint Engineer- in chief as incharge to each zone.
KCR said that a state- level irrigation conference will be held to finalise irrigation policy under which the lifts, pump houses, canals and other water bodies will maintain for the optimum utilisation of the water.