Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP)

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP)

  • The Kaleshwaram project is an off-shoot of the original Pranahitha-Chevella Lift Irrigation Scheme taken up by the Congress government in 2007 when Andhra Pradesh was not divided.
  • After the formation of Telangana in 2014, the now state government redesigned the project on the ground that the original plan had too many environmental obstacles and had very low water storage provision, of only about 16.5 tmc ft.
  • 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.

What’s unique?

  • KLIP will be the longest tunnel to carry water in Asia, running up to 81 km, between the Yellampally barrage and the Mallannasagar reservoir.
  • The project would also utilise the highest capacity pumps (up to 139 MW) in the country to lift water.

Why is it important?

  • The project is claimed to be the costliest irrigation project to be taken up by any State till date with an estimated cost of Rs. 80,500 crore.
  • The project holds the key to the state government’s promise of providing irrigation facility to one crore acres of land under all projects/tanks.

Section : Polity & Governance