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Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project - Challenging Gravity

Kaleshwaram Project

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project
Lift Irrigation
The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is the World's Largest Multi-Stage Lift Irrigation Project comprising of the barrage, canal, pumping stations, and water tunnel and pressure and delivery Mains. The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation  Project on the Godavari River in Telangana, India. The new state has been working on many irrigation projects for irrigating the farmer's land. 
Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project
Canal Line

The project barrage and online balancing reservoirs:

  • Medigadda Barrage
  • Annaram Barrage
  • Sundilla Barrage
  • Yellampalli Online Storage
  • Medaram Online Storage
  • Ramadugu Online Storage
  • Mid Manair Dam
  • Malakpet Online Storage
  • Upper Manair Dam
  • Anantagiri Online Storage
  • Imamabad Online Storage
  • Mallannasagar Online Storage
  • Kondapochamma Online Storage
The largest barrage is Medigadda Barrage.

How Does This Work?

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project
Annaram Barrage
If you know lifting water from ground level to a higher level using a pumping system. The same is used here. The Three Barrages act as a new higher level and then the water from this barrage is lifted to upper barrage and the same is done for the last barrage. The water from the Medigadda Barrage is lifted and passed to the backwater of Annaram Barrage. The water is lifted 2 TMC per day (22000 cusecs)  from the backwater of Medigadda passed to Annaram Barrage. The backwater from the Annaram Barrage to Sundilla Barrage and then the water is passed through the online canal to the upper region to irrigate the farmland.
Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project
Pumping House


Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project
Online Dam

The project is of 1832 km in length with 1531 km of gravity canal and various tunnels of over 203 km of total length. The project has 98 km of pressure pipeline with over 20 lifts with 120 pumps housed in 22 pump house. The pumps are set underground up to 150 m below. The live storage is 147.71 TMC in 20 new and 5 old reservoirs. The project requires electricity to pump the water to upstream with power requirement as 5512 MW for 2 TMC and 7700 MW for 3 TMC. The pumping work of the project lifts water 100-600 meters and passes through the canal over 400 km.


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