KCR dedicates Rs.1 trillion Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project to the nation

South India

The project is designed to lift as much as 180 thousand million cubic feet of water from the River Godavari

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao dedicated Kondapochammasagar to the people of the state on Friday (May 29) by switching on a motor in the Markook pumphouse, the last of the giant multi-stage Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation project.

The Rs.1 trillion mega project is designed to lift as much as 180 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water from River Godavari for irrigating 10 million acres of land in the state. This will also meet the drinking water needs of a large number of people besides feeding industries.

Started four years ago, the project features 22 pumping stations with a combined capacity of 4,680 Mw along the 250 km-odd stretch starting at Medigadda in Karimnagar district besides a chain of reservoirs, making it to be the largest of its kind in the world, said a Business Standard report.

Discrimination in water sharing between the regions was one of the contentious issues behind the decades-old statehood demand, which had finally met with success with the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and residual AP state in June 2014.

As part of this project, the government had built a chain of new reservoirs with a total storage capacity of 165 tmc ft in a record time. The project is also being used to fill the existing dams and minor irrigation tanks along the way.

The chief minister said that the Telangana farmers would be producing crops worth of Rs 1 trillion per year on the back of the irrigation facilities created by the project. "The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has done a procurement of 8.3 million tonnes of paddy in the country. Of this 5.2 million tonnes of paddy has been procured only in Telangana. The new irrigation projects have already started making an impact on our agriculture," he said.

Telangana has an allocation of 950 tmc of water in the multi-state Godavari Basin. Of this the state will be able to utilise as much as 521 tmc with the completion of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project, according to chief minister Rao.

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