The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project also known as KLIP is a multi-purpose irrigation project situated on the Godavari River in Kaleshwaram, Bhupalpally, Telangana, India. Kaleshwaram Project has been conceived from the former Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Pranhita- Chevella Sujala Sravanthi project. It is originally, the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Pranhita- Chevella Sujala Sravanthi project which was proposed to utilize the allocated water of Godavari as per the GWTD Award.
A barrage was proposed at Tummidihatti(V) to divert 160 TMC of water to irrigate 16.40 lakh Ac in 7 districts of Telangana State viz., Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Warangal, Nalgonda & Ranga Reddy, besides drinking water & industrial water.
This is currently the world’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation project and its farthest upstream influence is at the junction of the Pranhita and Godavari rivers. The Pranhita River is itself a junction of the various smaller tributaries including the Wardha, Painganga, and Wainganga rivers which combines to form the seventh-largest drainage basin on the subcontinent, with an annual discharge of more than 6,427,900 acre-feet or 7,930 cubic hectometres or 280 TMC. Its course is principally through dense forests and other ecological zones such as wildlife sanctuaries.
However, this project is proposed to provide Irrigation facilities of almost 16,40,000 acres in drought areas in 7 districts of Telangana state. Further, it is also said that, to provide 10 TMC of drinking water to the villages, 30 TMC of drinking water facilities to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, and 16 TMC of water for Industrial purposes. And the entire project work is divided into 7 links & 28 packages at a distance of 500km through 13 districts and utilizing a canal network of more than 18,00 km.
The project mainly aims to produce of total 240 TMCs of which 169 have been issued for irrigation purposes. And 30 for Hyderabad municipal water 16 for miscellaneous industrial uses and 10 for drinking water in nearby villages. The project aims at increasing the total command area (the sustainable area which can be irrigated) by 1,825,000 acre⋅ft (2,251 hm3) across all 13 districts to stabilize the existing CCA.
The project was officially launched on 21 June 2019, by the Telangana governor Narasimhan and chief ministers K. Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana, Fadnavis of Maharashtra, and Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy of Andhra Pradesh.
Additionally, the Four major pumping facilities manage the project’s outflow, the largest at Ramadugu is also to be the largest in Asia once consistent measurements that are available and require seven 140 MWh or 500 GJ pumps are designed and manufactured specifically for the project by the BHEL (Bharat heavy electricals limited).