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Andhra Pradesh inaugurates India’s first lift irrigation project

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Andhra government which is known for its innovations and use of technologies in various sectors has also become the first Indian state to implement lift irrigation.

Points to note

  • Pattiseema lift irrigation project is known as the first river linking project in India
  • It connects river Godavari with Krishna and the first pump of the project is completed in 1 yearAndhra Pradesh inaugurates India’s first lift irrigation project
  • The project was taken by Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited
  • They finished the first lift irrigation project worth of 1300 crores in 6 months
  • The project was designed to 80 tmc of water in a span of 110 days during the flooding season of July-October from Godavari as permitted by Godavari Water Dispute Tribunal board
  • The lift irrigation scheme was inaugurated at Pattiseema village to meet the demands of water scarce regions in Krishna before the completion of the main project
  • By this project water is pumped up to a nearby point and discharged into Polavaram Right Main Canal which will join a tributary of Krishna which is 170 km long
  • The project contains 24 motors and 24 pumps of 6,300 HP and 5,300 HP respectively with a combined capacity to discharge 8,500 cusecs of water.
  • The project requires 113 mw of power to run all the 24 pumps as each motor require 7 mw of power to lift the water
  • The water was meant to stabilise 12 lakh acres of existing ayacut besides meeting the second crop requirements of Krishna delta
  • The project is expected to be completed by March, 2016 and MEIL will receive an incentive of 268 crores from the government

Points to note

  • The main Polavaram project was declared as a national project under the AP Reorganization Act, 2014 and was being funded by Government of India
  • The average cost of the project is 16000 crores in the year 2010-11

Points to know

  • Andhra Pradesh CM– Chandrababu Naidu
  • Capital– Godavari