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Additional power for lifting water from Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao instructed the officers concerned to get prepared and be ready for supplying the required additional power for lifting water from Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project from July this year.  The CM said that at the rate of 2 TMC per day during this year the required additional power for lifting the water would be 3, 800 MWs.  Whereas after adding one more TMC and at the rate of 3 TMC water per day from next year Kharif season for lifting the required additional power would be 6,110 MWs. The CM said that by mobilizing the required additional power supply should be ensured round the clock 24 hours for six months in a year when there would be full flow of water in Godavari river.  CM explained that by lifting water from 540 to 600 TMC in a year the government aims at providing water for 45 lakhs of acres for both the crops.  CM assured that the power utilized for lift irrigation schemes would be funded by the government and accordingly for the power organizations the government gives it as a special grant. CM suggested to explore the possibilities of producing hydel power through lift irrigation schemes.

“The construction activity required to lift 2 TMC of water from Godavari through Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is almost nearing completion.  The wet trial run of the pumps was successful.  From July end this year the water will have to be lifted.  This requires 3,800 MWs of additional power.  There is every necessity to make complete use of Telangana share of Godavari water.  Water availability is only at Medigadda. Hence government has decided to lift an additional one TMC of water from there only.  Thus, from next year at Medigadda 3 TMC of water would be lifted. This requires including the 3,800 MWs a total of 6,100 MWs in a year.  It is possible to lift water from June to December when water in Godavari river is available.  During June and November months at the rate of 2 TMC per day and during July to October at the rate of 3 TMC per day water could be lifted.  Even during December, the lift could be operated and some water could be drawn.  Hence a scientific estimation is required to be arrived at as to what would be the quantum of water in a particular month and also the power requirement for drawing the water.  Efforts and arrangements are to be made right from now to supply adequate power for lifting the water as detailed above” said the CM.

“Water for irrigation, drinking and for industries for 85% of the area in Telangana has to be drawn from river Godavari only.  Telangana has a share of 954 TMC of water in river Godavari.  For utilizing this water Telangana has all the required permissions and clearances.  We had an agreement with Maharashtra state for construction of projects.  As per statistical data of CWC for 44 years there is abundant water at Medigadda.  Hence as and when there is a full flow of water into river Godavari maximum possible quantum of water needs to be lifted through Kaleshwaram project.  Water to be lifted and supplied through Medigadda, Annaram and Sundilla to Yellampally and from there to Midmanair.  Through reverse pumping from Midmanair one TMC of water needs to be lifted to Sriramsagar project and another TMC to Mallanna sagar.  Next year 3 TMCs to Yellampally and 2

The CM said that an another 1000 MWs would be required for Devadula and Sitarama irrigation projects’ maintenance. The substations constructed for irrigation projects are to be maintained by the power organizations.  The CM said that there is a possibility of producing Hydel power through lift irrigation and hence scientific survey has to be made with regards to hydel power production and the places where it can be produced, he added.

CM complimented the power organizations for completing the required arrangements to supply power to Kaleshwaram project.  He said that ahead of the time schedule the works are completed and with the same spirits arrangements are to be made for providing the required power to lift 3 TMC s of water per day through Kaleshwaram project.

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