Telangana Current Affairs

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project gets environmental clearance

The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has accorded environmental clearance for Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) in Telangana.

The project is to build at estimated to cost about Rs. 80,499.7 crore and proposed to be completed in three years. It is the costliest irrigation project to be taken up by any state in the country.

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP)

The KLIP envisages construction of barrage across Godavari River after the confluence by its tributary Pranahita near Madigadda village in Telangana’s Karimnagar district. It is redesigned version of Pranahitha-Chevella Lift Irrigation Scheme, proposed in 2007 by the undivided Andhra Pradesh Government.

The KLIP aims to divert 180 TMC of water for providing irrigation facility in 7.38 lakh hectares covering seven districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Warangal, Nalgonda and Rangareddy districts. It also proposes to stabilise existing command area of 7.62 lakh hectares. It will also provide drinking water facility for Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Under the KLIP, two more barrages between Medigadda and Sripada Yellampally are proposed to be constructed apart from Medigadda barrage. The project will have canal system of about 1,832 km. The 81 km long tunnel built between Yellampally barrage and Mallannasagar reservoir under this project will be the longest tunnel to carry water in Asia after completion.


Union Cabinet approves Agreement with UNESCO on establishment of ITCOO in Hyderabad

The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOO), as a Category-2 Centre (C2C) of UNESCO, in Hyderabad, Telangana.

The purpose of this agreement is to establish training centre towards development of capacity for countries on Indian Ocean Rim (IOR), African countries bordering Indian and Atlantic Oceans, small island countries under framework of UNESCO.

Operational Oceanography

It is an activity of conducting systematic oceanographic studies towards providing information services to various sectors viz. fisherman, shipping, ports, disaster management, environment, coastal states, navy, coast guard, offshore industries for conducting their day-to- day operations.


The Centre will provide assistance in areas of capacity building and training, knowledge sharing and exchange of information, and hence could represent valuable resource for UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanography Commission (IOC) by enhancing impact and visibility of UNESCO’s action.


The centre will provide opportunity for India to emerge as leading country in Indian Ocean. It will forge cooperation and improve engagement between India and counties of IOR, including South Asian and African states bordering Indian Ocean.

The centre will respond to worldwide increasing need to build technical and management capacity to address marine and coastal sustainability issues and prepare region for and react efficiently to marine natural hazards. It will contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal-14 related to building marine scientific research capacity in geographical area. It will also fulfill commitments to support Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States.