Yesterday, i.e. on July 6, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Nara Chandrababu Naidu released water from the Pattiseema project into the Polavaram right canal. This ambitious project by the AP government will ensure the floodwater from the Godavari river is utilised to the maximum potential; irrigating 1.2 lakh acres in Krishna and West Godavari districts.
Here are some interesting things to know about Pattiseema Project:
1. The Pattiseema project was initiated with the idea of saving atleast some portion of the 2500 tmc of Godavari water that goes into the sea un-utilized.
2. The Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme (PLIS) was inaugurated earlier this year and yesterday, the 24 pumps at the Pattiseema main pump house were switched on and the water was let out into the polavaram right canal.Source
3. Water will flow at a rate of 700 cusecs (cubic feet per second) into Krishna at the ‘Pavitra Sangamam’ at Ibrahimpatnam.
4. Pattiseema project is the only project In the country to be completed within the time stipulated; in fact, it was commissioned before the deadline.
5. This is the first time in the irrigation sector that foundations were designed with diaphragm walls. Such designs were earlier used for construction of metro rails and ports.
6. Twenty-four 6300 horse power motors and another 24 numbers of 5,300 horse power with the capacity to lift at a rate of 8,500 cusecs were commissioned. The project has the capacity to lift 80 tmcft of water in 110 flood days.
7. The water will reach Prakasam barrage in four days from there, paving the way for farmers from Krishna delta to take up Kharif cropping.
8. A total of 80 tmc feet water will be transferred through pipeline from Godavari to Krishna river to ensure water for the Krishna delta where about 18 lakh acres are under cultivation.
9. With this, farmers can plan their harvest without depending on water from Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam. They will also be able to raise crops early and complete harvesting much before the cyclone season.
10. CC Cameras were installed with a live link to secretariat to keep a close watch on the progress.