MEIL and BHEL at Kaleshwaram

Seven turbines of 139 MW each, embedded about 330 metres in underground tunnels, will soon come alive, pumping up 2-3 tmc of water from the Godavari river system upstream and helping create a chain of barrages in Telangana. The project has been set up as a part of Package 8 of the ` 85,000 crore Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project by Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd and the State-owned BHEL. Dry runs of a couple of turbines have already been conducted and work is on at a hectic pace to complete five of them by July-end and two more by the year-end, in an environment where oxygen is scarce and has to be constantly pumped from outside.