Kaleshwaram to be back in action soon; all 35 pumping units at three barrages ready IMAGEKaleshwaram to be back in action soon; all 35 pumping units at three barrages ready IMAGE

Kaleshwaram ,It has in all 35 units that manage the project’s outflows at the Medigadda, Annaram and Sundilla barrages. These units play a crucial role in reverse pumping of water from the confluence point of the Godavari and Pranahita rivers to the Sripada Yellampalli project

Irrigation officials firm on resuming the pumping operations under the project and keeping all the pump houses ready.The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP)

Hyderabad: Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project Gears Up for Revival

The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP), previously criticized as wasteful spending by the ruling Congress party, is poised to make a comeback as irrigation officials prepare to restart pumping operations and ensure readiness across all pump houses.

This ambitious project involves multiple stages and includes 35 pumping units located at the Medigadda, Annaram, and Sundilla barrages. Kaleshwaram These units are critical for the reverse pumping of water from the confluence of the Godavari and Pranahita rivers to the Sripada Yellampalli project.

The Kannepalli pump house, a key component of KLIP, houses 17 enormous motor pumps, each weighing 2,376 metric tonnes. These powerhouse pumps, often dubbed as ‘Baahubali motors’, boast an impressive capacity to lift 3,000 million cubic feet (TMC ft) of water daily from the Godavari River in the initial stage of the project. All 17 units are now primed and ready to resume operations.

As officials gear up to restart pumping activities, the revival of KLIP promises to bolster regional irrigation capabilities significantly. Stay tuned for updates as the project aims to enhance water management and agricultural productivity in the region.

Hyderabad: Kaleshwaram Project Prepares for Water Lifting Amidst Flow Dynamics

The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) is navigating dynamic water flow conditions as officials strategize to maximize water utilization from the Medigadda Barrage.

Currently, due to restrictions on impounding water at the Medigadda Barrage, officials are exploring the possibility of lifting water directly from natural flows, primarily aided by contributions from the Pranahita River. Only Medigadda barrage has been receiving some inflows, thanks to the contribution of the Pranahita river.  Presently, Medigadda is receiving inflows around 17,000 cusecs, expected to double to 30,000-35,000 cusecs within a week. Achieving the designed capacity of pumping 2 TMC per day hinges on building sufficient storage levels, with heavy floods anticipated from July to September.The interim works recommended by the National Dam Safety Authority (NDSA) on the two barrages were in their crucial final phase. They would be completed in less than a week, said officials.

To manage lean periods, plans are underway to construct a makeshift cofferdam or weir structure at Medigadda Barrage within three months. This structure will retain water to facilitate pumping into the Annaram Barrage. Meanwhile, overhaul works at Annaram and Sundilla barrages are complete, awaiting significant inflows for operations to resume.

Critical interim works recommended by the National Dam Safety Authority (NDSA) at both barrages are nearing completion, expected within a week. Once finalized and approved by the State government and NDSA, water impounding can commence at these barrages.

Looking ahead, the NDSA team will soon revisit the barrages to assess progress and ensure compliance with safety standards.

Stay tuned for further updates on the Kaleshwaram Project as it navigates through operational challenges and progresses towards enhancing regional water management capabilities.


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