In news: The Telangana government inaugurated Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district.

More about the project:

  • Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is built on River Godavari at Kannepalli village, Mahadevpur Mandal, Jayashankar Bhupalpally district of Telangana.
  • It is the world's largest multi-stage lift irrigation project.
  • Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) utilizes only the flood water.
  •  Though the project is massive in technical and engineering aspects, land acquisition is very limited because of underground set up like pumping stations and tunnels construction.
  •  It also includes the longest irrigation tunnel in the world.
  • By the time the water reaches Kondapochamma Sagar, the last reservoir in the system, the Godavari water would have been lifted to a height of 618 metres from its source at Medigadda. 

Lift irrigation

It is a method of irrigation in which water is not transported by natural flow, (as in gravity-fed canal) but is lifted with pumps or surge pools etc.The advantage of lift irrigation is the minimal land acquisition problem and low-water losses.