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Reaching out: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the pump house of Devadula lift irrigation project at Gangaram village in Warangal district on Friday. -

Special Correspondent

Unveils pylon of the biggest lift irrigation project in the country; praises Jalayagnam
The project will draw 5 tmcft in first phase to irrigate 60,000 acres in Telangana region

HYDERABAD: The first phase of India’s biggest lift irrigation project, Devadula, became operational on Friday when engineers activated its pumping system at a function near the intake structure at Gangaram overlooking the Godavari, marking the visit by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Amid heavy security provided at the remote forest site in view of naxalite activity, she unveiled a pylon and switched on the pump house. Officials said Ms. Gandhi expressed amazement at the magnitude and size of the Rs. 3,500-crore project after seeing the huge pipelines that originate at the intake structure and disappear into Eturu Nagaram forests on way to Dharmasagar, 135 kms away.

She complimented the Government for launching Jalayagnam to construct 58 projects at a time and expressed the hope that it would yield excellent results.

A new era

Devadula heralds a new era in irrigation in Telangana as water from the Godavari will be lifted to higher contours with the help of lifts, avoiding gravity canals. Although it is designed to lift 50 tmcft of water, Devadula will draw five tmcft of water in the first phase to irrigate 60,000 acres.

Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, AICC general secretary in-charge of Andhra affairs Veerappa Moily, Major Irrigation Minister P. Lakshmaiah and a host of Ministers, MPs and MLAs from Telangana were present.

In future, the pipeline will be extended to Nalgonda and Medak district too when the total height covered by the lift scheme will be over 2,000 ft, the highest point covered by any such lift in Asia. Water was successfully pumped from the site in Gangaram village on the banks of river to Bheem Ghanpur reservoir which is 38 Km away