A controversy over alleged engineering lapses in the ₹1 lakh crore Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project on the Godavari River triggered an electoral slugfest in poll-bound Telangana recently.
About Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project
- Location: KLIP is a multipurpose irrigation project on the Godavari River i.e, at Kaleshwaram village in Telangana.
- The Pranhita-Godavari river confluence is the location of KLIP.
- The Wardha, Painganga, and Wainganga rivers, which together make up the seventh-largest drainage basin on the subcontinent, come together at the confluence of the Pranahita River.
- It is claimed to be the world’s largest multi-stage and multi-purpose lift irrigation project.
- It was previously known as the Pranahita-Chevella Lift Irrigation Project.
- A key feature of the KLIP is a series of underground and surface water pumping stations, which are said to be the world’s largest such structures.
- Stretching over 300 km, the lift irrigation system raises large volumes of water up from river or reservoir sources, to be redistributed in channels and/or further reservoirs before pumping to the next stations.
- The project is aimed at supplying water to 45 lakh acres in Telangana.
- Started in 2016, the project will utilise around 283 TMC water of river Godavari and provide irrigation and drinking water to 13 districts of Telangana.
Q1) Which are the main tributaries of Godavari River?
The principal tributaries of the river are the Pravara, the Purna, the Manjra, the Penganga, the Wardha,the Wainganga the Pranhita (combined flow of Wainganga, Penganga, Wardha), the Indravati, the Maner and the Sabri.