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PALAMOORRANGAREDDYLIFTSCHEME

ALTERNATEPROPOSALOFTELANGANASTATEGOVT.
PalamoorRangaReddyLiftIrrigationSchemeisformulatedbyTelanganaRetiredEngineers
Forum(TREF)todraw70TMCoffloodwaterin35DaysfromJuralaBalancingReservoir
duringflooddays,toirrigate10lakhacresofayacutinthreedistrictsofMahaboobnagar(7.0
lakh acres), Ranga Reddy (2.70 lakh acres) and Nalgonda (0.30 lakh acres). In addition to
meetayacutneedsandprovidingdrinkingwaterneedsofenroutevillages/towns.
This scheme is formulated in 2007 and from then on wards, the members of TREF have
educated people and public representatives of these three districts. They met peoples
representatives of all parties and requested them to pressurize the then Governments, to get
sanctionforSurveyandPreparationofDPRoftheScheme.
InAugust2013,thethenGovt.(KiranKumarReddyGovt.)ofCombinedState,issuedG.O
for taking up the works. The then secretary and the irrigation officials introduced many
conditions in tender documents, such that no contractor becomes eligible to take up the
works.
AfterformationofTelanganaState,TREFmembersandPublicrepresentativesmetGovt.and
explained the requirement of orders to take up survey and preparation of DPR works
immediately. G.O was issued in August 2014 entrusting the works to Engineering Staff
College of India (ESCI) on nomination basis. Irrigation authorities have placed orders on
ESCIforsurveyandpreparationofDPR.
ESCI have got the survey works done and prepared DPR for construction of first pumping
stationtobelocatedatMadharamVillage,KoilkondaMandal,MahaboobnagarDistrict,with
14 Pumps of 160 MW each to draw 70 TMC of water from Jurala Reservoir in 25 Days,
duringfloodseasonandfilltheproposedbalancingreservoiratKoilkondaVillage&Mandal,
MahaboobnagarDistrict.
TheDPRisscrutinizedbyIrrigationauthoritiesandsenttoGovt.forapproval.On190215
Hon'bleC.Mhasreviewedandapprovedtheproposalinprincipleandalsoproposedtolaythe
foundationstoneinfirst/secondweekofMarch2015.Hehasinstructedthesecretarytotake
necessaryactionandissueordersaccordingly.
Mean while elections for MLC of Mahboobnagar Ranga Reddy and Medak Graduate
constituency have been announced. Due to election code issue of orders and proposal of
layingfoundationstoneforthepumpingstationgotpostponed.

But suddenly during Honble C.Ms recent visit to Maharastra to discuss the Pranahitha
Chevella Project intake reservoir levels issues, some Engineers/Public representatives
/officialswhodonthaveclearconceptofpumpingschemes,havemisleadtheHonbleC.M
that, the pumping scheme require large power and hence heavy energy charges burden on
Govt.exchequer.TheysuggestedtotalktoKarnatakaGovt.fordrawingwaterfromAlmatti
in Karnataka state by gravity canals for 25 Days during flood season and fill Koilkonda
Balancing Reservoir instead of pumping from Jurala Reservoir, as the level of water of
Almatti is at +519.0M and FRL of proposed Koilkonda Balancing Reservoir is +465.0M
whichfacilitatestakingwaterbygravity.
HetelephonedtotheIrrigationofficialstostudytheproposalsandprepareestimates.Asper
instructions of Honble C.M, tentative estimates are got prepared without taking into
considerationofnegativeaspectsoftheproposalsofthissuicidalgravityscheme.
The proposed scheme of drawing water from Almatti in Karnataka State and get it to
Koilkonda reservoir by required lengths of gravity canals and tunnels to fill the Koilkonda
reservoirissuicidalbecauseoffollowingreasons.
1. Itwillbecomeaninterstatescheme,weareunnecessarilygivingscopetogettherights
toKarnatakaStateonourwater.
2. Present Govt. may say yes to this scheme, because they get money from Telangana
Stateforcanalsandtunnelsandcanusesomewaterfortheirlandseithergravity/by
officialandunofficialpumpingtofeedtheirayacut/tofilltanksintheirareaallalong
thecanalroutewithoutanycost.
3. The next Governments will claim as right as they are loosing some lands for canals
and tunnels or may also oppose totally at later date by violating all understandings/
agreements (like our Gentlemen agreement of formation of A.P. State in 1956) for
drawlofwaterbyTelanganaState.
4. Water will flow about 190 KM in Karnataka State area and only about 30 Km in
TelanganaStatearea.Thetotallengthofwatertravelwillbeabout220KMtoreach
Koilkonda tank. There is always benefit of doubt of getting the required quantity of
water,duetopercolationorleakagesorunauthorizeddrawlsinKarnatakaarea.
5. Thisschemetakesmorethan10yearsinviewof220KMlengthofwaterconduction
systemconsistingofopencanals,tunnelsandaqueduct.
6. Wehavetodeploysecurityallalongthewaterroute,whichiscostlyaffairandnota
poolproofsystem.LiveexampleforthisproblemisRojolibundaScheme,inwhichwe
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are supposed to get water to meet an ayacut 80,000 acres, where as we are getting
water for only 30,000 acres. To solve this problem now Telangana State Govt. is
proposing a pumping station to pump water from nearby location of Sunkesula
balancingreservoir,forwhichaG.Ohasbeenissuedrecently.
7. Theproposalinvolvesanaqueductofabout30KMonBheemaRiverwithanheight
ofabout90Mpillarsistobeconstructed,whichisnotpracticalandcancostheavily
andcanbesaidtechnicallynotpossible.
8. Aspertentativeestimates,thecostofschemewillbeaboutRs.60,000Crores,where
asthecostofthepumpingstationisinonlyRs.8000Crores.Thedifferenceincostis
about52,000Crores.TheinterestonthisextraamounttobespentworksoutRs.4160
Crores/year.ifinterestcalculated@8%/year,itworksouttoaboutRs.4160Crores/
year, whereas energy charges for pumping water will be just about Rs. 561 Crores
/year.
9. As these pumps will run during flood days in monsoon and power required is about
1740MWonlyandavailabilityofthispowerwillnotbeaproblembecause,during
monsoon maximum hydro power generation is possible, agriculture power demand
willbealmostnil,domesticandcommercialloadswillbeminimum,thermalstations
loadcanbestabilizedbyrunningthepumpsofthispumpingstation.
10. Tealngana State is contemplating about 10000 MW thermal generation which may
come into service by 2019. Normally thermal stations are to be run as base load
stations with maximum constant load. To provide sufficient load to these thermal
stationsinmonsoonandhalfpeakhours,thispumpingstationcanprovidesuchload.

HenceEngineersandPublicrepresentativesshouldusetheirgoodofficestoexplain
theHonbleC.MaboutthedamagegoingtobecausedtothreedistrictsofTelangana
state (Mahboobnagar and Ranga Reddy zillala prajala notlo matti Scheme) if
Almattischemeistakenupinsteadofpumpingstationscheme,andstopthesuicidal
proposal of Almatti scheme, suggested by some inexperienced engineers/ leaders/
officials.