On October 12, the National Green Tribunal, New Delhi, ruled that the Environmental Clearance given to
the Kaleshwaram project in December 2017 was void as the Telangana government subsequently
changed the design of the project to increase its capacity.
The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation System is considered to be one of the world’s largest multi-purpose projects.
It is designed to provide water for irrigation and drinking purposes to about 45 lakh acres in 20 of the 31 districts in
Telangana, apart from Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Telangana will harness water at the confluence of two rivers with Godavari by constructing a barrage at
Medigadda in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district and reverse pump the water into the main Godavari River.
The project has set many records with the world’s longest water tunnels, aqueducts, underground surge pools,
and biggest pumps.
The cost of the project is Rs 80,000 crore, but is expected to rise to Rs 1 lakh crore by the time it is completely
constructed by the end of 2020.