Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said that after Vidarbha in Maharashtra, the highest number of farmer suicides are taking place in Telangana and that to put an end to suicides and to bail out farmers from debts, the Telangana government has initiated various measures after the formation of Telangana State. As part of its strategy, the State government has taken up irrigation projects to supply water to 1 crore acres of land.
Kaleshwaram is one of the major projects in the country and it is being constructed on the banks of river Godavari, Harish said while explaining about the project to scribes at Ramadugu on Sunday. Representatives of various media houses examined the ongoing works of Kaleshwaram project. He said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao with the help of WAPCOS has designed the project which is a combination of 19 projects.
The flow of water at Medigadda was available across the year and this was confirmed by both WAPCOS and Central Water Commission. Therefore, the site of the project has been shifted from Thummidihutti in Adilabad to Medigaddia, Annaram and Sundilla. If the project was completed, water would be available to 110 km stretch in river Godavari for 365 days to enable the government to develop tourism, shipping and water sports. A total of 141 tmc water would be stored in these barrages and water would be lifted with the support of 22 lifts and 21 pumps. Setting a new record in the history of irrigation projects, 139 MW pump was utilised by the project.
Besides 6,000 engineers, 25,000 labourers were engaged in construction works. Of 4.20 crore cement bags required for the project, 3.14 crore bags have already been utilised. Besides a 203 km stretch under the tunnel, 1,832 km distributaries and 1,531 gravity canals have also been dug up to supply water to agricultural fields. To draw water from the river, 400 kV sub-station (21), 220 kV (six), 132 kV (two), and 33/11 kV substations were also established. Stating that Medigadda was the first barrage in the project, he said that 60 per cent works were completed and that a total of 85 gates were fixed and it was decided to fix all gates by January 1, 2019.