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Megha dedication: MEIL miracle Kaleshwaram

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The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) created a record by lifting more than 25TMC of water from Godavari river to Mid-Manair reservoir in less time compared to the world’s popular Handri-Neeva, Colorado and Great Manmade river projects. The whole world now able to see that the magnificent achievement of lifting Godavari water and enabling the reverse flow to the upper stream against the gravity. Once thought off as an impossible task has now become a visual reality. Nowhere in the world, such an effort is made as in Telangana where the river water is lifted to 300 meters above the sea level; This electro-mechanical engineering effort has already got worldwide recognition.

In the history of Indian irrigation sector, the projects like Nagarjuna Sagar, Sri Ram Sagar, Srisailam Left- Right canals, Telugu Ganga took decades to complete and some of them have not yet reached their full potential. With much more complex works than these projects, MEIL could complete Kaleshwaram Project within three years of its initiation, with a lifting capacity of 2 TMCs of per day. All the credit for this engineering marvel goes to Megha Engineering Infrastructure Limited (MEIL). It is an enormous effort, be it in establishing a sophisticated electro-mechanical system or in completing the complex underground technical and electrical works within three years.

Commenting on this achievement Mr B Srinivasreddy,Director, MEIL said that “Even though technically Kaleshwaram Project was inaugurated on June 21, 2019, by three Chief Ministers of Telangana, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, the technical feasibility of lifting water has experimented at Medigadda pumphouse even before. All the critical works of the Project have been now completed, enabling to lift nearly 25 TMCs of water within a short period; the water has now reached Mid Maneru Reservoir located near Siricilla District that is almost 300 meters above from the sea level.  Handri-Neeva Project considered as the biggest lift scheme in Asia could lift only 18 TMCs of water by continuous pumping throughout the year, whereas Kaleshwaram could lift 25 TMCs in a single season with intermittent pumping hours.”

Unlike other lift irrigation schemes, KLIP has a unique engineering system. The pumping capacity of 2 TMCs of water per day, storing the water in an intermittent reservoir and again lifting water from those reservoirs are some of the critical features this mega project. Even though Handri-Neeva project’s capacity is 40TMC but, it could never lift more than 20TMCs in a year.

Kaleshwaram Project could pump 160 TMCs of water from Godavari River, having a pumping capacity of 2 TMCs per day. It has proven its mettle by lifting and pumping 25 TMCs of water within a short time in the experimental stage itself. MEIL has taken up all the critical works of this project including construction of Under-ground Pump House and establishing electrical distribution system. Medigadda-Lakshmi, Annaram-Saraswathi, Sundilla-Parvathi, Lakshmipur-Under-ground Gayathri Pump Houses are very critical in Link-1 and Link-2 for operationalizing this project. All these Pump Houses have been now brought into utilization successfully without any technical glitches, proving the mettle of irrigation experts of Telangana and the executive ability of companies like MEIL, BHEL, Andriz and Zailum etc.

Lakshmi Pump House has got utmost importance as it is the first one that enables the reverse flow of Godavari River at a higher level. It could lift 24.062 TMCs of water during the period in between 5th July to 6th December 2019 in just 3157 pumping hours. Utilization of all the 11 Pumps in this period in another hallmark achievement. The 6th Pump, inaugurated by 3 Chief Ministers in June, could work for 489 hours lifting 3.72 TMCs of water. Each of these pumps, with a capacity of 40MW, could lift 0.00762 TMCs of water in an hour. It was operationalized to its full potential since 11th November.

MEIL has established 8 machines, each with a capacity of 40 MWs, in Saraswathi Pump House. They could lift 18.559 TMCs of water by working for 1782 hours during the time between 22nd July- 6th December. Started functioning to their full potential since 19th November, they could work for nearly 1312 hours and lifted 13.675 TMCs of water. 5th machine worked for 295 hours and lifted 3.080 TMCs of water.

Parvathi Pump House is the last Pump House in Link-1, from which 15.404 TMCs of water has reached Sripadasagar- Yellampalli Reservoir; Machines in this Pump House worked for nearly 1639 hours and the second unit was run for nearly 315 hours pumping 2.963 TMCs of water.

Gayathri Pump House is the most critical one among all the pumphouses, as it is an underground pumphouse constructed 430 feet below the ground. Seven machines are there in this Pump House each with a capacity of 139 MW. Such gigantic pumping units are nowhere established for the first time in the world. The efforts of MEIL and BHEL are much laudable in establishing such huge pumping units below the ground.  These 7 units have worked for 2602 hours so far and enabled reaching of 29.70 TMCs of water towards Mid Maneru Reservoir. Thus, for the first time, Mid-Manair reservoir is with full of Godavari water bringing a new life to the entire area.

“The mega effort of MEIL in lifting water to such a height and diverting the flow of Godavari River is an abnormal phenomenon. In that sense it has re-written the age-old idiom in Telugu, ‘Neeru Pallaemerugu’ (water flow only towards low lying areas). With the determination of Telangana Chief Minister, K. Chandra Shekhar Rao and the meticulous execution of the Kaleshwaram Project by MEIL, Godavari River has now taken a new direction flowing 175 Kms in transit to reach the upper reaches against the gravity” Mr B Srinivas Reddy explained. The entire river route from Medigadda to Siricilla, earlier used to be dry, now got a fresh lease of life with full of water. The storage of water in Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Parvathi. Sirpadasagar-Yellampalli, Sriramsagar flood canal and Mid Maneru Reservoirs has brought much-needed cheer among the local people.

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MEIL completes ONGC’s Assam renewal project

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ONGC’s prestigious modernisation of onshore oil and natural gas exploration, storage and transport system, the Assam renewal project (ARP) has been completed with sophisticated technology by Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL). This modernisation project is expected to an increase in crude oil production from 1.4MTPA to 2.5MTPA. At the same time the supply, storage and processing capacities also to increase significantly. This renewed production will reduce the dependency on oil imports.

On this momentous occasion Associate Vice President, MEIL, Mr Rajesh Reddy said “This is ONGC’s biggest onshore crude oil production and transportation system. As this 30 years old system is not suitable for the current oil requirements, ONGC has taken up the modernisation with an estimated cost of Rs. 2400 crores. MEIL has won this project in EPC method and completed in the stipulated time frame. The Group Gathering Station (GGS) in Lakhva in Assam dedicated to the nation recently.”

 The project brought in to the commercial operations after completion of trial run on 26th December 2019. The project significantly reduces the number and distance of previously complex structures and long distant pipelines. At the same time, it also reduces the cost of operations. As this is the country’s biggest onshore project and ONGC is considering as it a prestigious one. This renewal project expected to reduce the dependence drastically on oil imports. In this whole project, the Lakwa and Lakhmani fields are strategically important to the country.

ONGC has taken up this Assam Renewal Project (ARP) to modernise the ageing facility with the latest technology. MEIL executed oil and gas supply pipelines and gas lift lines including the well fluid link. It also build the water injection lines to make the system more efficient. As this project executed with ultra-modern technology, it will play a key role in reducing carbon emissions and preventing climate pollution.

The new technology will enable centralised remote connectivity to allow wireless access to machines and devices in remote areas of the system. The crude oil extracted from the well is transported to the mainstream by fuel well fluid. From there, the oil and natural gas passes reach their Group Gathering Station (GGS). The oil separates from there to the CTF (Central Tank Farm) and the latest EFP (Effluent Treatment Plant), while the natural gas reaches GCP. Earlier to modernisation, this method is not there.  The pipes and various machine tools were manufactured by MEIL at their Jeedimetla facility.

The 560kms pipelines were laid to store and supply the crude oil. Earlier ONGC used to have 800kms of the pipeline. The usage of modern technology enables to reduce the length of the pipeline by 240kms. At the same time, the main structures reduced to 9 from 21. These 9 structures developed as integrated centres and reduced complexity. The 9 integrated centres at Lakhva and Lakhmini were built by the MEIL. These efforts could reduce the project cost burden for ONGC. There are 4 gas gathering stations out of 9 main structures. This new system will work for the next 30 years with no operational issues. As automated systems will help to function effectively without human-controlled, managerial problems.

“MEIL completed the project works in a phased manner as per the agreement in 2013-14. MEIL has built 4 group gathering stations. It also builds two water treatment plants according to the requirements. With these plants, two water injection plants were also established by MEIL. Two plants constructed to store the compressed natural gas. Five captive power plants with a capacity of 12.9MW (total capacity 64.5MW)” said Mr Rajesh Reddy.

In the entire system, all the bi-products from crude oil can be stored, process and transportation system has come into full use. Crude oil from the CTF goes to the refinery. The refined fuel from the ETF will reach the respective centres. ONGC and MEIL have built water injection plants at storage centres without any problems. MEIL carried out the pre-engineering survey, design, machines erection, construction and procurement of required equipment and transport in this prestigious project. MEIL fulfilled its responsibilities such as testing, free commissioning, replacing the old pipeline network with a key pipeline network and completely replacing the old system. For this purpose gas dehydration plant also constructed MEIL. Incinerator systems have also been built to eliminate waste.

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ACB gets new DG ; PSR Anjaneyulu to take charge

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AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is known for his strong decisions, has struck again. After a strong-willed sand policy that eliminated corruption, here is another decision that is likely to strike terror in the hearts of the corrupt officials.

In a key action, YS Jagan has transferred director general of the Anti-Corruption Bureau Kumar Vishwajit and brought in PSR Anjaneyulu, who is known to be tough on the corrupt mandarins.

YS Jagan, who reviewed the working of the ACB a couple of days ago, expressed his unhappiness at the tardy pace of works and the lackadaisical approach. He criticised the functioning of the organisation and particularly questioned the DG. He immediately transferred Kumar Vishwaji and replaced him with Anjaneyulu.

PSR Anjaneyulu, who was till recently the transport commissioner, has proved his mettle by leashing in the private travels. He recovered fines from the private travel operators, including the son of former Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad. He also took on the likes of JC Diwakar Reddy. It is his encounters with foul-mouthed JC that impressed YS Jagan the most. He feels PSR Anjaneyulu would be effective in curing corruption in various government departments. Interestingly, he would officiate both as the director general of the ACB as well as the commissioner of transport commissioner. In addition to these, he would also function as the secretary of the APPSC. This shows the confidence that YS jagan enjoys in this officer. YS Jagan feels that PSR Anjaneyulu would help fulfil his dream of a corruption-free AP.

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Is this How Ravi Prakash guzzled up Sanjeevani funds?

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Now that Ravi Prakash is shorn of all his ‘magical’ powers and is enmeshed in legal wrangles and cases, the skeletons are tumbling out one by one. How Ravi Prakash guzzled up ill-gotten funds is now becoming public knowledge.
Questions are now being raised about a hospital that he had setup in collaboration with some NRIs. There are allegations that the funds collected for the project were diverted to his personal accounts. Sources said that Ravi Prakash, in association with NRI named Anand Kuchibhotla, have set up Raviprakash Sanjeevani Hospital in Kuchipudi.

This hospital had promised low-cost treatment to debilitating diseases and NRI assistance in the treatment process. Ravi Prakash reportedly collected huge amounts as donations using the TV9 Little Hearts platform. But, sources in the know accuse Ravi Prakash of siphoning off these funds into his personal accounts.

Both Ravi Prakash and Kuchibhotla went from door to door in Kuchipudi village requesting for financial support to the hospital. Sources say that the amount collected had remained shrouded in secrecy. They had allegedly promised those donating more than Rs 1 lakh that they would be treated for free by expert doctors from the US. But, recently, when one such donor recently got admitted to the hospital for heart complaint, he reportedly found to his horror that there were no specialist doctor available.

The donor reportedly passed away due non-availability of doctors. They have reportedly approached the police with complaint and furnished details of the bank transactions.

They also reported that they were promised tax benefits under 18 C of the IT Act, but have now found that the hospital is not exempted under the said act. Also, the promises of naming rooms and various departments after those who donated big amounts has not been carried out.
Locally, the donors, philanthropists and the general public are said to be talking about how they were duped and how both Ravi Prakash and Kuchobhotla have not been visiting the facility. There are fears and apprehensions among these donors that their donations have been diverted. Post Ravi Prakash’s arrest, Kuchibhotla organied a press conference in a hurried manner and showed the names of the donors on the screen. But, he did not give the list of the donors to the media persons.

This has only served to heighten the fears among the donors, say sources. They feel it’s high time that either Ravi Prakash or Kuchibhotla or both should come clean and clarify.

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