Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao inaugurated the Kondapochamsamagar reservoir and released water.
Hyderabad: Another milestone in the Kaleswaram lift irrigation project, a major multi-purpose irrigation project, a Markook pump house, the last and important one was inaugurated on Friday. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao inaugurated and released the Kondapochamsamasagar reservoir.
Earlier, the Chief Minister participated in a special Chandi Yagya by Mr. China Jeera Swamy. Kondapochamma Sagar Project Storage capacity of 15 TMCT was taken up with an estimated cost of Rs 3,500 crore. It will irrigate 2.85 lakh acres of land in Siddipet, Sangareddy, Medak, Yadadri-Bhongiri and Medchal Malkajgiri districts.
The Kaleswaram project is being taken up with an estimated cost of one lakh crore rupees to lift the Godavari river water into separate packages. About 22 districts of the states will be benefited with the objective of irrigation and drinking water. 36 lakh acres of land will be irrigated after completion of this project.
The first phase (line 1) of KLIP was inaugurated almost a year ago by the Chief Minister at Medigadda in Karimnagar district on 19 June 2019. Later reservoirs and pump houses, part of mega projects, have been added from time to time under various packages.
Recently water was released to Ranganayakasagar of Package-11, which has a total pumping capacity of 536 MW, the second largest pump house in the world after Gayatri Pump House.
Mega Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) has built the Kondapochamma Sagar reservoir and pump house with six machines each with a capacity of 27megawatts. With this, 3767 mega watt pumping capacity was operated in the project.
Of the total pump houses of the project, MEIL built 15 pumping stations with 89 pumps with a capacity of 3840 MW. All these pumping houses have been commissioned and water is being pumped. Several electro-mechanical engineering companies such as BHEL, Aandriz, Zylum ABB, Crompton Greeves, VEGG, etc. contributed to the performance of the project.
Officials said the pump house in Package-14 recently became operational, with total pumping capacity utilization reaching 3767 MW, which they claim a record in engineering history. MEIL director B Srinivasa Reddy said, “The project has the distinction of lifting water to a height of 618 feet.”
He said that 15 pumping stations with a total capacity of 3,840 MW can be constructed which can lift 2 TMC of water per day. While 9 pumping stations with a total capacity of 37 pumps are already operational, four more with a capacity of 35.4 MW are ready for operation, and two pumping stations with a capacity of 41 MW are still in completion stage.
Most of these pumping stations with the highest capacity have been constructed underground under the project. Gayatri (Package-8), Annapurna (Package-10), Ranganayakasagar Project (Package-11), and Mallanasagar (Package-12) are some of the large underground pump houses built for this project.
Gayatri Pump House’s Surge Pool and Extra Surge Pool are the largest Surge Pools in the world. He said that about 2.3 cubic meter of soil has been excavated below ground for this pump house having 84753.2 square meter area.
The Telangana government has recently decided to increase the pumping capacity of Kaleswaram project by another tmcft on another day.
As part of this, a total of 15 new machines with a pumping capacity of 40 MW are being installed at Parvati Pump House of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Link-1 components.
This task of setting up an additional 600 MW capacity is also entrusted to MEIL, which is being implemented in collaboration with the Zylum and Andriz companies.
The state government is in the process of finalizing additional TMC water related works from central Maner to Mallansagar.