By Accommodation Times Bureau
There are many lift irrigation projects in the world, but, the Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS) project has unique features among all. This lift irrigation project is been executed by MEIL which has the highest number of pump houses and motors in the world. 43 pump houses built in the first and second phases of the project. By establishing a total of 269 units (motor and pump is one unit).
HNSS is said to be Asia’s biggest and longest lift irrigation project.
Rammohan Reddy, General Manager MEIL, in a statement said, “Though Kaleshwaram, Devadula, Kalwakurthy, Palamuru-Rangareddy projects are bigger projects, as they are still under execution level, HNSS is recognised as Asia’s biggest lift irrigation project. The California state in the USA is having the world’s biggest project which was built 80 years ago. This project lifts water to the highest level of terrains for drinking and irrigation purposes. Once the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project completes, all these records will be erased out. As per the number of motors, pumps, pump houses and length, HNSS is Unique amongst all ”
Handri-Neeva project was proposed 30 years ago with the ambition to supply drinking and irrigation water to the four Rayalaseema districts. While the river Handri flows in Kurnool district and Neeva flows in Chittoor district, these two rivers are interlinked by digging hills and high terrains by setting up a pump house at Malyala in Kurnool district. When this project was taken up in 2006, there were many questions and critics about the availability of water and financial resources. Many pessimists raised questions regarding establishing and maintenance of pumps and motors.
“In the first phase of the project, 12 pump houses with 129 units (motors and pumps) are successfully running for the last 8 years,” said Rammohan Reddy, General Manager, MEIL.
As part of the second phase, water pumping is going on in 565-kilometre length main canal through Madakashira and Punganoor branch canal. This main canal spread across Ananthapur, Kadapa, Chittoor districts, the official release said.
Rammohan Reddy said, “….Even China or the U.S., which includes world-renowned California state water project, do not have these many pump houses. Colorado state water project has only 6 to 11 pumping stations. The motors’ capacity in the Colorado project works with a horsepower of electricity whereas, in Handri-Neeva, pump houses work with megawatts of power. With the capacity of the unit taken into consideration, HNSS pump houses are established with the highest capacity.”
Even in India, particularly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, there are many lift irrigation projects built. In completed irrigations projects, no lift irrigation project has these many pumping stations. Under-construction projects like Devadula project has 20 pump houses, Kalwakurthy has 15, Rajivbheema has 20, Seetharama has 19 and Gandikota project has 14 pump houses. Once the Kaleshwaram project is completed, the 82 pump houses will come into the utilisation.