Category Archives: Godavari

At the outset let me be clear this Post having written after reading the book of Sriram Vedire Garu, I mentioned his name and book title and the points reinforcing the current state government initiatives and take away points ..

However, Contours of Kaleshwaram to Srisailam National Project as Phase 2 to Kaleshwaram is Mine not attributed to the Book or the author, as the book proposes ILR to Nagarjuna Sagar, its my view that Kaleshwaram to Srisailam is feasible as its FRLat 270 M is less than Dindi 393 M and more beneficial as its guaranteed way of diverting water to Rayalaseema another Arid and Water deficit Region particularly with KWDT II, Srisailam will witness 118 TMC reduction in inflow as compared to KWDT I with both Maharashtra and Karnataka having been allocated 118 TMC more water at 65% dependability, hence this Reduction need to be back filled with Godavari Water to keep intact current investments made and plans of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana based on Srisailam Waters.

Diversion to N Sagar thru 300 M cotor proposed as ILR in the book while assures the Command Area under Sagar and Krishna Delta it can not assure the water availability for command area under Srisailam Left and Right Banks.

Once 400 M contour Canal is established it any way can serve all the purposes of 300 M contour canal

Its my view 400 Meter should get higher priority and should be done first, this is different from whats suggested in the book.
Any one having any comment or questions on the article are requested to direct to me and not to Sriram Vedire Garu who is fully occupied with multiple critical tasks in Central and Rajasthan State Government Tasks.



Sundilla, Annaram, Medigadda and Tupakulagudem – Mission Godavari Barrages

These Pictures Give much Better idea than any writings about  what these 4 Barrages after Yellampally Barrage on Godavari are going to create, about 50 TMC Continuous Water Body that will enable Telangana LIFT from anywhere it chooses over 200 KM Water Body in the Godavari RIVER

  1. Google Map with the 4 New Barrages Locations and the Devadula Intake Wellsundilla-to-tupakulagudem-barrages
  2. Water Build Starts in the River from 75 Meter MDDL @ Tupakulagudem 
  3. screen-shot-2017-02-04-at-7-56-06-pm

    Tupakulagudem Reservoir will impound 15 TMC Water upto 88 M FRL stretching both into Indravati and Godavari till Medigadda 

  4. Then the Barrage at Medigadda will impound 20 TMC Water till 100 M FRL with back waters into both Pranahita and in Godavari till Annaram  
  5. Annaram Barrage will further impound 6 TMC till 122 M FRL
  6. screen-shot-2017-02-05-at-1-39-02-amFinally Sundilla Barrage will impound 2 TMC to take 131 M FRL and bring back waters to Yellampally Reservoir 
  7. screen-shot-2017-02-05-at-1-40-43-amMedigadda and Tupakulagudem would generate significant power too could be about 400 MW Power for longer period than Jurala provides currently be available from these Power Houses which inturn goes to LIFT the Water

All of these could have been completed decades back more so should have been constructed before investing 8,000 crores each in Devadula and Pranahita-Chevella Projects both of which never had any barrage but over 16,000 crores was spent before Telangana Statehood only to mislead the people its costly to LIFT and its unviable

What has been done to Telangana Farmers for 58 years should never ever happen to any farmer anywhere in India, a deliberate mislead to deny the due share of water by misleading and mischief.

Many many thanks to the CM KCR Garu and entire Team that has been approaching the subject in a systematic way with complete commitment to deliver the results faster same time reduce the avoidable submergence and reduce the costs wherever possible and make additional investments that can amplify the benefits and yet all the pieces are aligned for eventual Godavari Water way project that Center would have to take up.

Brilliant Team, Working Silently with Speed and Commitment to Serve

Tupakulagudem Has to Get Highest Priority due to Highest Possible Availability and Ready investment into Devadula LIFT Irrigation that is Operationalized already.

Jai Telangana, Jai Hind

Misleads in Kaleshwaram TJAC Report (కాళేశ్వరం ఎత్తి పోతల పథకం పై TJAC నివేదిక లోని తికమకలు)

Here is my Video Post Explaining My View about 6 Specific Misleading Arguments / Assumptions made in the TJAC Report on Kaleshwaram
  1. Mallanna Sagar 5 TMC Capacity instead of 50 TMC Can Meet all the Objectives Set of supplying 146 TMC Water
  2. Water Losses in LIFT Irrigation Can be ~40% Hence 40% More water LIFTING and Costing done
  3. Suggesting to Add 10 TMC New Reservoir within Telangana near Tummidihatti since Maharashtra did not agree for 152 Meter height Yet Oppose the 50 TMC Capacity at Mallanna Sagar
  4. ntire Water has to be LIFTED from Medigadda Only is the assumption in all cost calculation and excluding Tummidihatti Portion Completely 
  5. KLIS is only about Medigadda not about BIG Medigadda Supplementing to Small Tummidihatti Barrage as Sources for Tapping and LIFTING Water
  6. Future Cost of Power will Keep Rising as in the Past (Inherent assumption of assuming Rs 6.4 /unit cost is Reasonable and NPV of future power cost will remain as Rs 6.4)
All these 6 points are Significantly different from the Reality and have contributed in trying to 
— Magnify the Costs
— Undermine Benefits
— Delay the Project and hence accrual of its benefits to the Telangana Farmers

Mission Godavari – Part 3 Water Ways

mission-godavari-post-in-namaste-telangana-on-2015-june16Inland Waterway

USA is almost 3 times large in area as compared to India, It has developed deep inside the country not just on the Coastal corridors. One of the Main Reason is, the Integrated Water Way System in North America called Great Lakes St Lawrence Seaway System.


This system opened in 1959 and then it now accounts for 40% of USA Manufacturing industry business and 1/3 of USA GDP.

Virtually every commodity imaginable moves on the Great Lakes Seaway System. Annual commerce on the System exceeds 180 million metric tons (180,000,000) tons i.e. if we take a 10 Ton Truck its almost 1.8 Crore Truck Loads of Goods.

Basically Waterways use the Enormous Energy of the Water in the Lakes and Rivers to lift the Ships and Vessels using “Locks

lock is a device used for raising and lowering boatsships and other watercraft between stretches of water of different levels on river and canal waterways

Using the Hydro Power in the Water it’s actually simple to actually LIFT the Ships or Barges using the system called Water Locks.

Below Diagram explains how it happens in below steps

Action                                                        Result

  1. Lower Level River Gate Opens –    Water level becomes as Lower
  2. Ship Comes in LL Gate Closed –    Ship is now LOCKED between 2 Gates
  3. Water Released into Lock        –     Water Level and Ship Raises to Upper level
  4. Upper Gate Opens                    –     Ship Moves Out on Upper Reservoir/River


Opposite way ship from upper level comes to lower level.


  1. Comparison of Energy Efficiency of Water Transport vs Others
  2. Waterways are 7 times more energy efficient than Road Transport, in other words sine road transport costs 7 times more to transport, landlocked states and regions of BIG countries have challenge to compete in international business with coastal cities, regions/states.

Energy Efficiency of Transport Modes

Hence every country places high importance to exploit the Rivers to develop Inland Waterways to act as Enablers to Energize the economies in the land locked regions and control the Greenhouse gases too.

In addition Road transport emits 5 times more CO2 emissions than water transport.

Green efficiency of Transport modes

In India currently Only Ganga is Used for Inland Waterway, part of which is in Bangladesh too, below Graph shows How much Inland Waterways Play the Role in Development of Large Landlocked countries, China has realized and made massive investment and it has changed the face of Southern China with 6,000 KM water way accounting for 120 Crore Tones of Goods Movement, this should help us understand the importance of water way for long term economic development of inland areas in large countries.

Global Waterways & Cargo

This is one of the Amazing Gateway through which Sea going Ships Go from Lake Ontario in Canada to about 100 Meters Height Above Lake Erie in USA, between these Two lakes is the 99 Meter Niagara Water Fall and Niagara River. What happens is, Ships actually Climbs Up to the Niagara Water falls to Sail in Lake Erie, Yes that is the Magic of Welland Canal and 7 Locks as shown below.

Welland_canal_Ship Locks profile.svg

Among Many Inland Waterways, I find the Tennessee River Water Way and Dams are Very Close to What South Central India can plan on River Godavari.

River Tennessee i.e. a Tributary to River Ohio that itself is tributary of Mississippi


Tennessee River

Annual Water Flow of Over     2200 TMC

It is of Length Over                  1000 KM

Water Locks LIFT                    156 Meter


Like Above Knoxville at 248 Meter MSL Height to Kentucky i.e. at 114 Meter MSL Height Water Way with 9 Dams as Shown Above

This is part of this Inland River Ports USA has

Inland_Water_navigation_system of USA Inland River and Deepwater Ports in USA

I believe Prima facie it’s possible and must be pursued Water Way Between “Ramgundam to Rajhamundry via Bhadrachalam” with

Over 2000 TMC Water  flows in a Year through River Godavari.
This distance is about 
500 KM in River Godavari, it can leverage and Extend the Waterway Provision in Polavaram Design that currently can support till bhadrachalam through the 10 Meter Diameter Tunnel on Left side of Polavaram Dam.

With this provision Standard Barge and Jumbo Barges Can Traverse through River Godavari and Polavaram Dam Lock, However Super Jumbo and Tankers Can’t as current design of Polavaram Waterway Tunnel can’t accommodate.


What should Government of Telangana do?

  1. Instruct Irrigation Department to include Waterway of Same size as Polavaram i.e. up to 10 Meter Width and up to 1600 Tons Barges capacity Locks.
  2. Check whether current consultant actually has relevant experience, considering there is no proven experience and also challenges in planning are significant, make international invitation for bids on design of Godavari Waterway, Hydro Power and Irrigation Dams (Multipurpose National Project)
  3. All Road Bridges to be constructed must account for FREE Passage of Super Jumbo Size Barrages with suitable Drafts and Elevations
  4. There is good potential to include Maharashtra (Vidharbha) and Chattisgarh as beneficiary regions extending it through Indravati mainly, to some extent Pranahita too..
  5. Central Got has Ambitious Waterways Project for India and Telangana should embrace it
  6. I hope and wish Telangana does not construct Dams on River Godavari without the provision for Waterway, as this cannot be changed later.

Jai Telangana

Jai Bharat