Mission Bhagiratha is an approach of Telangana Chief Minister Sri K. Chandershekhar Rao to provide safe and healthy drinking water to each and every household in the state. The main purpose of the project is to provide best & healthy drinking water to rural & urban areas through a pipeline even to the remotest area of the state of Telangana. The objective of the project is to provide 100 litres of clean drinking water per person in rural households and 150 litres per person in urban households. A drinking water project of this scale has never been attempted before in this country.
Even though two main rivers flows through the Telangana state but still people do not have access to safe drinking water, so the Telangana government, under the able leadership of CM Sri K Chandrashekar Rao, has designed the Telangana Water Grid Project. This is a massive project which will provide sustainable and permanent relief to water woes of the state.
The successful implementation of “Siddipet Drinking Water Project” laid to the vision of this project. This scientifically designed project, uses the natural gradient wherever possible and pumps water where necessary and supply water through the pipelines to the people. The primary trunk pipelines of this project would run about 5000 Km, and the secondary pipelines are running a length of about 50000 KM would be used to fill service tanks inhabitations. At this point, the network of village-level pipelines would be used which is about 75,000 KM to provide clean drinking water to households.
The water being used in this project is from Krishna & Godavari – two perennial rivers flowing through the state. 34 TMC of water from Godavari River and 21.5 TMC from Krishna River would be utilised for the water grid. There is also the plan of using water from Srisailam, Sriram Sagar Project, Komuram Bheem Project, Paleru Reservoir, Jurala Dam, and Nizam Sagar Project.
The Telangana state government is using the state-of-art technology for this project. The government is intended to use the international level standard in the completion of this project. Advanced Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) which is a radar technology, is being used for the detailed survey of the water grid, hydraulic modelling software for testing the size of water pipelines, pumping capacity and height to which water would be pumped. The government has also taken the use of software tools like surge analysis and smart flow which would resolve the issues related to water distribution. Along with this there will be personally monitoring by CM K Chandrashekar Rao on the entire Water Grid project works from Secretariat through System Control and Data Access (SCDA) technology.
Despite best efforts by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the flagship Mission Bhagiratha project has to clear many hurdles on its way but he still believes that all the works under this programme will be completed as per schedule with coordination among all the departments.
Highlights of Mission Bhagiratha
- Interlinking Krishna and Godavari rivers with reservoirs in the state to collect, conserve and supply much-needed water to the state
- Total water pipeline length: 1,30,000 km – covering 26 internal grids, 62 intermediate pumping stations, 16 intake wells, 110 water treatment plants and 37,573 Overhead Service Reservoirs
- Total cost: Rs 42,000 crore
- Year of completion: 2018
- Based on detailed topography analysis, water to be pumped using gravity and minimal electricity (182 MW)
- Piped drinking water supply to 67,000 urban households in Gajwel constituency at the rate of 150 litres per day per household, in areas under Municipal Corporations
- Piped drinking water supply to 25,000 rural households at the rate of 100 litres per day per household
- Project water allocated for industrial use: 10%
- Women in villages empowered to oversee allocation and distribution of water in villages and collection of taxes
- Water is drawn from Godavari river: 19.62 thousand million cubic feet
- Water is drawn from Krishna river: 19.65 thousand million cubic feet