World’s longest water grid in Telangana State The proposed water grid pipeline of the State longest pipeline. At 1,26,036 km in length, it would be four fold greater than the perimeter of the earth which is 33,000 km, the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Monday.
The proposed pipeline would have 5,227 kms of main trunk line, 45,809 kms of secondary network and 75,000 kms of distributary network.
Reviewing the works of the ambitious project at a high level meeting with officials, the Chief Minister said that it was his dream to see that each household in the state has a tap and asserted that it would be the first priority of his government.
He studied the maps and contours of the grid along with Chief Secretary Rajiv Sarma, Principal Secretary S Narasinga Rao and officials of RWS. He also examined water sources and geological conditions with the help of Google Earth. The Chief Minister said that the departments like RWS, public health and metro water works should be brought under one umbrella.
The water supply to the industries should also be included in the grid, KCR said. He wanted RWS to take the responsibility of supplying water to the industries and towns and the aspects like cost of the project and the amount of water needed should be studied.
The Chief Minister said that water grid should be established with a plan of 30 years. He wanted the officials to ascertain the water resources for each district. He pointed out that the 670 kms of contour in Mahabubnagar district was the highest one in Telangana and added that drinking water could be supplied to lot of areas of Telangana by taking the water to it.
The Chief Minister said that Padmakshi Gutta of Warangal district and Guddelugual Gutta of Medak district could supply water to lot of areas by gravity. He made it clear that Jurala and Nagarjuna Sagar were permanent water sources whereas lift schemes on Godavari would have a short span of life. He wanted that storage tanks should be built in LI areas and check dams on rivers.
KCR said that dead storage in the main dams should be maintained so that they could supply water for the entire year. He estimated that the state would need 80 tmc of water, barring Hyderabad. He wanted the water availability in Krishna and Godavari basins to be studied since they are the main pillars of water grid project.