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Kaleshwaram Lift irrigation project UPSC NOTE

 Why in news

  • The CAG of India said that the project cost of the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project in Telangana is likely to exceed ₹1.47 lakh crore

  • The cost was understated in the Detailed Project Report due to preparation of estimates at old price levels and non-inclusion of provision for price escalation

  • This, coupled with subsequent changes made in the works, resulted in the cost of works increasing. 

Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project 

  • The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is a multi-stage lift irrigation project on the Godavari River in Kaleshwaram, Bhupalpally District, Telangana.

  • The project is the world's largest lift irrigation project, with a capacity to lift 240 TMC (Thousand Million Cubic Feet) of water per year. It was inaugurated in 2019. 

  • The project consists of 19 pump houses, 12 barrages, 20 reservoirs, and 7 canals

  • The water is lifted from the Godavari River at Medigadda and then pumped through a series of canals to irrigate land in 13 districts of Telangana.

  • The project has been controversial, with critics arguing that it is environmentally damaging and economically unsustainable. 

  • The government of Telangana has defended the project, arguing that it is essential for the state's food security.

  • The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is a major engineering feat and a significant achievement for the state of Telangana

  • It remains to be seen whether the project will be able to achieve its objectives of providing irrigation and drinking water to the state's population.


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