Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project


  • KLIP, The world's largest multi-stage, multi-purpose lift irrigation project, constructed by Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) will starts from July this year.

Key facts:

  • Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) was inaugurated by Telangana CM, in the presence of Governor ESL Narasimhan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
  • Till date, the biggest lift schemes in the world were the Colorado lift scheme in America and the Great Manmade River in Egypt.
  • The capacities of these schemes are in horsepower and they took over three decades for completion.
  • Built across Godavari river, KLIP will lift the water to a height of half-a-kilometer.
  • It is designed to irrigate 45 lakh acres for two crops in a year, meet the drinking water requirement of 70 percent of the state and also cater to the needs of the industry.
  • The foundation stone for the Rs 80,500 crore project was laid in 2016 and claimed to be the world's biggest project of its kind, completed in the shortest time.
  • The government is planning to lift two thousand million cubic (TMC) feet of Godavari water per day from Medigadda barrage.
  • Claimed to be an engineering marvel, the project comprises 1,832 km water supply route, 1,531 km gravity canal, 203 km tunnel routes, 20 lifts, 19 pump houses and 19 reservoirs with a storage capacity of 141 TMCs.
  • It requires nearly 4,992 MW of electricity to pump 2 TMC of water every day in the first phase. The requirement will go up to 7,152 MW for lifting 3 TMC from next year.