The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), the world’s largest lift irrigation project, is now operational and all 13 pumps on Link-1 of the project have begun pumping water.
Published – Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 8:18 PM
Hyderabad: The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), the world’s largest lift irrigation project, is operational and all 13 pumps on Link-1 of the project are starting to pump water.
The project authorities have decided to start the season with a high-level review by Chief Minister K. started pumping water. He called on irrigation authorities to do everything in their power to ensure adequate supplies of both drinking water and irrigation.
At a time when nearly all river basins and sub-basins had dried up due to lack of rainfall in the basin, the Pranahita River has revived and has made its first inflow this year to support the Megakaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project. brought.
The Puranahita sub-basin is the 7th largest in India. In the last week of June, normal rainfall was recorded in the basin. Medigadda received about 6,500 cuseks four days ago from a river, a tributary of the Godavari.
The inflow from Pranahita increased to 27,000 cusek on 3 July, but fell to 18,000 cusek on Tuesday. The early flow helped build storage levels at the Medhadda (Lakshmi) weir before pumping from the Medhadda (Lakshmi) weir commenced. Six of the weir’s pumps were in operation, lifting 12,708 cusecs.
“We started the season on a high note. When the influx from Pranahita starts, there is no need to worry anymore. The water level should not fall below 10,000 cusek at any point in time, and that is the main credible source of information for Lakshmi Baraj,” said KLIS Chief Engineer N. Venkateswarul.
Link 1 of KLIS has three barrages: Medigadda, Annaram, and Sundira. Water pumped from Medhadda helps build a storage level at Annalam called the Saraswati Weir. At the Annalam Weir, he has four pumps running and has generated 11,724 kewsecs of electricity. The Sundilla Barrage (Parvathi Barrage) operated three pumps and discharged 7,830 cusecs.
Water withdrawn from all three stages of KLIS Link 1 will be pumped to the Sripada Yellampali project, which will supply approximately 37,000 acres of new and existing ayakat in 21 districts.
Water was pumped to Mid Manair and from there it was sent to Ranganayaka Sagar. Priority is drinking water and irrigation supply.
“We can expect normal rainfall in July, so it is a sure bet to water Ayakat,” Venkateshwarl said.
So far this year there hasn’t been much scope from the end of the Baburi project. The Maharashtra project was less than half of TMC when the gates opened on July 31 as directed by the Supreme Court. He added that as of today there has been zero inflow from the project.
Similarly, the water level at the Sriram Sagar Project (SRSP) will also need to rise further before discharging water into Ayakat. He said Kaleshwaram’s water would also be pumped into the SRSP if conditions permit.