Lakshmipur pump house in Hyderabad, a key component of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) and claimed to be the world's largest pump house, has successfully commenced operations in Telangana, it was announced on 12 August 2019. Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) unveiled Laximpur Underground Pumping Station (LUPS), also called as the Package 8 of the mega project across the Godavari river.
- The wet run began 11 August 2019 night with switching on of the fifth machine in LUPS in Karimnagar district. With this, around 3,000 cusecs of water was lifted to a height of 111 meters and flown into Mid-Manair reservoir through the gravity canal. The gush of water from the underground impressed the onlookers.
- The 52-minute wet run discharged 89.73 cumecs of water into the gravity canal. The volume of water pumped was 98,85,303 cubic feet, about 28 crore liters. LUPS would enable live storage of water in reservoirs throughout the year in the Godavari river belt.
- MEIL described the pump house as outstanding engineering marvel as it is the world's largest underground pumping station constructed at 470 feet below the earth's surface.
- This is an extraordinary underground pump house, 470 feet below the ground with twin tunnels and the largest surge pools in the world. This is an ultra-mega project in the world, having 7 motors, each having a capacity of 139 megawatts.
- These motors can lift three TMC (Thousand Million Cubic) water per day. The gigantic motors were developed indigenously with the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology.
- The most significant feature of KLIP is that it completed the construction of the electrical infrastructure with 3057 MWs capacity that comprises six 400KV and 220KV substations, transformers and 260 kilometres of transmission lines, 7 kilometres of 400 KV XLPE underground cable.
- Going around the pump house will remind one of visiting a huge underground shopping mall with multiple floors. Generally, pump houses for lift irrigation projects are built at ground level near river banks to pump water to a higher elevation. However, this unique super structure, the first of its kind in the world, is built at a location below the ground with a pumping capacity of 2 TMCs of water per day.
- Billed as the world's largest multi-stage lift irrigation project, Kaleshwaram was formally inaugurated in June.
- When fully operational, the Rs 80,000 crore project will lift two thousand million cubic (TMC) feet of water per day to a height of half-a-kilometre.
- It is designed to irrigate 45 lakh acres for two crops in a year, meet drinking water requirement of 70 per cent of the state and also cater to the needs of industry.
- The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) is a multi-purpose irrigation project on the Godavari River in Kaleshwaram, Bhoopalpally, Telangana, India.
- It is world's largest multi-stage lift irrigation project. The project starts at the confluence point of the Pranahita River and the Godavari River at Kaleshwaram.
- The Pranahita River in itself is a confluence of various smaller tributaries including the Wardha, Painganga, and Wainganga Rivers.
- It is estimated that the Pranahita River has an annual average flow of 280 TMC. It remains untapped as its course is principally through the dense forests and other ecologically sensitive zones, such as wild life sanctuaries.
- The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is divided into 7 links and 28 packages, covering about 500 km of 13 districts and a canal network of about 1,800 km.