Siddipet: Ending decades of woes of people of Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao dedicated the Mallanna Sagar reservoir which was constructed as part of the multi-purpose Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) fourth link, to the people of the State on Wednesday. He performed a special puja at the reservoir, before releasing the Godavari River water into Mallanna Sagar on the Tukkapur Surge Pool.
The inauguration of the project also marked the completion of all the reservoirs on the main trunk of the KLIS. Mallannasagar, centrally located in Telangana, will cater to the irrigation needs and drinking water requirements of the entire State.
Touted as the mother of all reservoirs, the reservoir has a storage capacity of 50 TMCft and was constructed with an outlay of Rs 6,805 crores between Thoguta and Kondapak mandals. This will be the second largest storage reservoir in Godavari River basin after Sriramsagar reservoir and is also being termed as the biggest artificial reservoir in the country which will be filled entirely by lifting water from other sources and not by water received from its self-catchment area.
Apart from meeting the drinking water needs of Hyderabad and Secunderabad as well as other surrounding districts, the Mallanna Sagar water will also be used for the industrial needs of Telangana. While 30 TMCfts from the project will be used for Hyderabad’s drinking water needs, over 16 TMCft water will be released for industrial needs. The project will provide irrigation water to 8.33 lakh acres of new ayacut under KLIS Package-12 to 19, as well as stabilise the ayacut under existing irrigation projects such as Singur, Nizam Sagar and Sriram Sagar phase-1, which will take the total ayacut under the project to 15.71 lakh acres.
Trial run for filling Mallannasagar started quite some time ago, on August 22, and the reservoir was successfully filled with 10.50 TMC of water. Of the eight pumps each of 43 MW installed at the 50 TMC reservoir, six pumps have been successfully discharging 6,600 cusecs (0.66 TMC/day) into it.
Finance Minister T Harish Rao, MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy, MLAs, MLCs and officials participated in the ceremony.