Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme
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Objective : Telangana govt. to start Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme for lifting water of Godavari river in phases from 92 meters to 618 metres, project to ensure adequate water supply to 45 lakh acres agricul

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme is a Telangana government’s gift to the entire India. This is the world’s largest multi-stage multi-purpose lift irrigation scheme coming from the brainchild of CM K Chandrasekhar Rao. The new Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation project is expected to turn the parched and barren outback of Telangana into a verdant land of milk and honey. For the upcoming years, Kaleshwaram will remain a testimony of Telangana’s gift to the nation which is struggling to grow up the GDP ladder.

After solving all the inter state disputes, obtaining all clearances and permissions, overcoming all obstacles strategically within a short duration of 3 years, the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is constructed by the Telangana government. Now there would be no more wastelands and no more thirsty throats.

On 21 June 2019, CM KCR will inaugurate the engineering marvel Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project at Medigadda which is moment of pride and honor for India.

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme Benefits

The major benefits by the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme are as follows:-

  • Water is supplied for 2 crops in a year to 45 lakh acres.
  • 40 TMC of water through Mission Bhagiratha to supply safe drinking water daily to each household.
  • Drinking water to be supplied to 1 crore population in Greater Hyderabad city daily.
  • Supply of 16 TMC of water to thousands of industries in the state for industrial usage.
  • Moreover, there is also an opportunity for Hydel power generation.

CM KCR will also switch on the first motor at Kannepally. This is not only the beginning of a new chapter in Telangana but also the beginning of a new book altogether indeed. The 1st book was the “over the decade” movement for Telangana state. The 2nd book in the Telangana’s history is the development through irrigation which will commence through this Kharif season with the inauguration of Kaleshwaram.

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project Records

  1. Utilization of 139 MW maximum capacity pumps which were never used anywhere in the world.
  2. World’s longest tunnel route of 203 kilometers.
  3. Kaleshwaram is the one and only project which can lift 2 TMC of water everyday. Efforts are on to lift 3 TMC of water from FY 2020.
  4. This is the only project in the world which caters to the water needs of 45 lakh acres of agricultural land, hundreds of industries and drinking water to thousands of villages.
  5. It is for the 1st time that water is lifted from Godavari river in phases from 92 meters height for supply of water to farmland taking it upto 618 meters height.

One of the main reason for construction of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is to get state’s legitimate share in river waters. Telangana is geographically located 100 metres above the sea level and could not construct a dam across the Godavari to tap water. In case a huge dam was constructed, almost half of the Telangana and neighbouring Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh would be submerged. So, the CM KCR led Telangana govt. has conceptualised the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation scheme.

Stage Wise Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Process

Here is the complete stage wise lift irrigation process from 92 metres to 618 metres:-

Area Height (in metres) Height of Lift (in meters) Water Usage in TMC
Medigadda 92   16.17
Yellampally 148 56 75
Mid-Mannair 318 70 25.873
Sriram Sagar 332.54 14.54 200
Malakpet 432.50 127.50 8.6
Anantagiri 397 95 3
Ranganayaka Sagar 490 117 11
Mallanna Sagar 557 103 108
Kondapochamma Sagar 618 120 29

CM KCR is responsible for conceiving, designing and execution of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme. This is now considered as the “World’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation scheme”.