The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project or KLIP is a multi-purpose irrigation project on the Godavari River in Kaleshwaram, Bhupalpally, Telangana, India. Currently the world’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation project,its farthest upstream influence is at the confluence of the Pranhita and Godavari rivers. The Pranahita River is itself a confluence of various smaller tributaries including the Wardha, Painganga, and Wainganga rivers which combine to form the seventh-largest drainage basin on the subcontinent, with an estimated annual discharge of more than 6,427,900 acre feet (7,930 cubic hectometres) or 280 TMC. It remains untapped as its course is principally through dense forests and other ecologically sensitive zones such as wildlife sanctuaries.
The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is divided into 7 links and 28 packages spanning a distance of approximately 500 km (310 mi) through 13 districts and utilizing a canal network of more than 1,800 km (1,100 mi). The project aims to produce a total of 240 TMC (195 from Medigadda Barrage, 20 from Sripada Yellampalli project and 25 from groundwater), of which 169 has been allocated for irrigation, 30 for Hyderabad municipal water, 16 for miscellaneous industrial uses and 10 for drinking water in nearby villages, with the remainder being estimated evaporation loss. The project aims at increasing total culturable command area (the sustainable area which can be irrigated after accounting for both upstream and downstream factors) by 1,825,000 acre⋅ft (2,251 hm3) across all 13 districts in addition to stabilizing the existing CCA.
On 21 June 2019, the project was opened by Telangana governor Narasimhan and chief ministers K.Chandrashekar Rao (Telangana), Fadnavis (Maharashtra) and Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy (Andhra Pradesh ).
Four major pumping facilities manage the project’s outflow, the largest at Ramadugu (Medaram, Annaram and Sundilla being the others) is also likely to be the largest in Asia once consistent measurements are available,requiring seven 140 MWh (500 GJ) pumps designed and manufactured specifically for the project by the BHEL.
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How to Reach:
There are no flights from other major cities of the country to Jayashankar Bhupalpally. Nearest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad located 240 km away from Jayashankar Bhupalpally.
Jayashankar Bhupalpally can reached from Warangal which is connected well to major cities of India by rail. Warangal, kazipet are major railway stations on the Hyderabad-New Delhi and Chennai-Kolkata route.
Jayashankar Bhupalpally is well connected by road. Jayashankar Bhupalpally is connected by long-distance deluxe buses from major cities of the state. Direct buses connect Hyderabad to Jayashankar Bhupalpally at regular intervals and it takes about 5 hours from the state capital.