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State Agriculture department claims that completion of KLIP would give a fillip to several districts in the State to compete with neighbouring States in the production of crops like banana, sugarcane and paddy.

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project

kaleshwaram lift irrigation project

Introduction And History

The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme is essentially aimed at the development of drought prone, upland and backward areas of Telangana Region to provide irrigation facilities to an extent of 45,000Acres in Karimnagar district.
Location: Kannepally (v), Mahadevpur (m), Karimnagar Dist
Source
River Godavari
Scope
This lift scheme, contemplated as a multi-purpose project.It irrigates about 45,000 acres and provides drinking water facility.About 64 villages gets benefited by this project.

Inter-State Aspects

There are no interstate aspects involved in the project.

In 2007, when Andhra Pradesh was not divided Pranahitha-Chevella Lift Irrigation Scheme taken up to utilise the water of Pranhita tributary of Godavari river.

After the formation of Telangana in 2014, the present government redesigned the project.
The reason they stated for doing it was that the original plan had too many environmental obstacles and had very low water storage provision.

After conducting Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) survey, the government separated the project into two.

The original component serving the Adilabad area was called the Pranahitha project.
The rest was renamed as Kaleshwaram by redesigning the head works, storage capacity and the canal system.

The Kaleshwaram project has provision for the storage of about 148 tmc ft with plans of utilising 180 tmc ft by lifting at least 2 tmc ft water every day for 90 flood days.
Why it is important?

It has the longest tunnel to carry water in Asia – 81 km between the Yellampally barrage and the Mallannasagar reservoir.

It has the estimated cost of Rs.80,500 crore, the costliest irrigation project to be taken up by any State.

The project is designed to irrigate arounf 7.4 lakh hectares lands.

The Kaleshwaram project has provision for the storage of about 148 tmc ft with plans of utilising 180 tmc ft by lifting at least 2 tmc ft water every day for 90 flood days.

“The project is designed to irrigate 7,38,851 hectares (over 18.47 lakh acres) uplands in the erstwhile districts of Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Warangal, Medak, Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy,” the senior engineer said.

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