Foundation for Telangana lifeline project laid

Foundation-for-Telangana-liTelangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has laid foundation stone for the prestigious Kaleswaram project in Karimnagar district, in what is billed as a lifeline for the drought-hit state. Though the project was conceived as Pranahita-Chevella nearly eight years ago, it was redesigned and the KCR government has decided to construct a main barrage across river Godavari at Medigadda, about 20 kilometres downstream at Kaleswaram.
Mr Rao has performed the traditional bhoomi puja at the project site along with his wife Shobha. Irrigation minister T Harish Rao, Deputy Chief minister K Srihari, a host of other ministers, MPs and MLAs, Speaker Madhusudanachari have attended the ceremony.
He has also performed bhoomi puja for the construction of pump house at Kannepalli village in Mahdevpur mandal. People in the area can make use of Godavari for drinking water needs from the pump house till the main barrage is completed.
Mr Rao and his wife has earlier offered special prayers at the Kaleswaram temple shrine and presented a golden crown to the presiding deities.
The Medigadda barrage, which is the key one, will be built at a height of 100 meters, can store 16 tmc ft of water and lift 160 tmc ft for a period of 150 to 170 days. It is expected that the construction will be done by the fall of 2018.
Two other barrages would also be constructed at Annaram to store 6.22 tmc ft of water in Mahadevpur mandal where river Manair meets and another at Sundilla to store 2.16 tmc ft of water in Kamanpur mandal across the Godavari river.
Through reverse pumping system, the water from Medigadda would be lifted to Annaram and to Sundilla project. From Sundilla, it would be lifted to Sripada Yellampalli project and later to Mid Manair Dam (MMD) in Karimnagar district and other projects elsewhere in the State. The completion of the Kaleshwaram project is expected to change the agricultural scenario of the State.

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