Environmental clearances issued to Kaleshwaram irrigation project
The Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has accorded environmental clearance for the Kaleshwaram irrigation project in Telangana.The project is estimated to cost about Rs 80,499.7 crores and proposed to be completed in three years.
While according to clearance, the committee directed that there was a need to plan a greenbelt and reservoir rim treatment in consultation with the State Forest Department, focussing on local indigenous species. It wanted the government to take up construction work after following the due procedure of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation Act, 2013. The project envisages construction of a barrage across River Godavari near Madigadda village in Karimnagar district of Telangana. This aims to divert 180 TMC of water for providing irrigation facility in 7.38 lakh hectares covering seven districts of Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Warangal, Medak, Nalgonda and Rangareddy districts. It also proposed to stabilise the existing command area of 7.62 lakh hectares. Apart from these, the project seeks to provide drinking water facility for Hyderabad and Secunderabad. As per estimates, the total land required is about 32,000 hectares and of this, about 2,866 hectares is forest land. The total submergence area is estimated to be about 13,706 hectares.
The project will have a canal system of about 1,832 km. The project lies in the interstate boundary with submergence of 302 hectares in Maharashtra. Significantly, the project requires about 4,227 MW of power to be supplied by TSGenco. Public hearings for the project were conducted across 15 districts of the State and one district in Maharashtra.
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