India’S First Ever Lift Irrigation Project Has Been Inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Government [ Current Affairs ]

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India’s first river linking project Pattiseema lift irrigation project connecting Godavari River with Krishna River from the ongoing Polavaram Multi-purpose Irrigation Project has been inaugurated by the Andhra Pradesh government.

  • The Hyderabad-based Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) have completed this project in record of one year.

Key facts:

  • The project has ability to lift 80 tmc (trillion metric cubic feet) of flood water from Godavari River in duration of 110 days during the flooding season between July and October.
  • Water is driven up to a nearby point and settled into Polavaram Right Main Canal that flows under gravity to a tributary of River Krishna about 170 km.

The project contains:

  • 24 pumps of 5, 300 HP
  • 24 motors of 6, 300 HP with a combined capacity to discharge 8, 500 cusecs of water.

To run all the 24 pumps as each motor require 4.7 mw of power to lift the water the project requires 113 mw of power.

  • In September 2015 the first pump of this Godavari-Krishna linking project was installed and switched on.
  • It will advantage for the people mainly for farmers in the Krishna delta in terms of timely availability and satisfactory amounts of water.

Polavaram project:

  • It was declared as a national project under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014 and was being subsidized by the Union Government.
  • It is being built on Godavari River.

- Published on: March 28, 2016