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Meil completes critical works of Kaleshwaram at Kondapochamma Sagar

Hyderabad headquartered Meil, with interests in hydrocarbons, power, aviation, EV buses, irrigation and drinking water, is executing over Rs 70,000 crore worth of works out of a total of Rs 1.05 lakh crore of Kaleshwaram project at a capacity of 3 TMC of water.

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Last Updated: May 29, 2020, 09.20 PM IST
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Hyderabad: Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday inaugurated the Markook pump house in his Gajwel constituency that pumps water into Kondapochamma Sagar, a critical component of multi-stage Kaleshwaram irrigation project, the world’s largest lift irrigation project.

Built by the infrastructure giant Megha Engineering and Infrastructures (Meil), Markook pump house lifts water into the 15 TMC capacity Kondapochamma Sagar reservoir that would irrigate 2.85 lakh acres of land spread across a few districts, apart from supplying drinking water to Hyderabad twin cities.

Hyderabad headquartered Meil, with interests in hydrocarbons, power, aviation, EV buses, irrigation and drinking water, is executing over Rs 70,000 crore worth of works out of a total of Rs 1.05 lakh crore of Kaleshwaram project at a capacity of 3 TMC of water.

Kaleshwaram project consists of a total of 22 pumping stations with 96 machines having a total capacity of 4,680 megawatt, a first of its kind, said Meil in a statement.

Of this, Meil has built 15 pumping stations with 89 machines having a capacity of 3,840 MW in the shortest time of four years, demonstrating its engineering and management capacities.

The infrastructure firm has built the pump houses involving power infrastructure, built-in surge pools, cavern, delivery cistern system and canals.

At a time when construction of reservoirs and canals was taking decades, the Kaleshwaram project with all its complex electro-mechanical underground works could be completed in four years, said Meil.

The 15 pumping stations with a capacity of 3,840MW built by Meil would lift 2 TMCs of water per day. Of this, 9 pumping stations with a total capacity of 3,767 MW were already operationalised. Four more pumping stations with a capacity of 35.4 MW are ready for operation, while two pumping stations with a capacity of 41 MW are on the verge of completion.

Gayathri pump house under package-8 of Kaleshwaram project is considered the largest underground pump house in the world, constructed 470 feet below the ground with a huge pumping capacity. The underground surge pool in this pump house that lifts 3,000 cusecs of water to a height of 111 metres is taller than Eiffel Tower and is being hailed as an engineering marvel created by Meil with the support from BHEL.

“While the Kaleshwaram project requires 4680 MW of total capacity to lift 2 TMCs of water per day, Meil itself established 89 machines with a total capacity of 3840 MW, that indicates the role being played by the company for this prestigious project of Telangana”, said Meil director B. Srinivas Reddy.

Meil has established a massive power supply system for the Kaleshwaram project, which is almost equal to a fourth of the entire power supply system of Telangana state at 15,087 MW covering 33 districts or nearly equal to power infrastructure of all the seven north-eastern states, said Reddy.
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