MEIL Commences The Iconic Laxmipur Underground Pumping Station

MEIL Commences The Iconic Laxmipur Underground Pumping Station

Hyderabad, India, August 12, 2019:


  • The pumphouse has the highest pumping and motor capacity in the globe
  • Aided by 7 motors with 139 MW  capacity each and 1unit weight with all auxiliaries 2376 MT
  • It can lift 2 TMC water per day is the highest, which is the highest in the world
  • Biggest Underground Cavern And Asia’s Longest Tunnel In A Scheme Over 203km
  • The first underground 160MVA pump transformer in the world with an exclusive 400/13.8/11 KV sub-station
  • Consists of the world’s largest surge pools to ensure uninterrupted pumping

Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) has made yet another glorious achievement in the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP). MEIL successfully commenced operations in the world’s largest Laxmipur Underground Pumping Station (LUPS – the Package 8). The pump house has been named after the goddess Gayatri, successfully completed the wet run executed by switching on the 5th machine in LUPS on the night of 11th August. With this, around 3000 cusecs of water rose to over 111 meters and flew into Mid-Manair through the gravity canal. Telangana CM Mr K. Chandrashekar Rao is expected to inaugurate the Pumping Station on 14th August.

MEIL has successfully changed the direction of Godavari River from downstream to the upstream stretch of the water contrary to the natural flow of water. The Pranahitha – Godavari river water will flow back to reach the LUPS from Medigadda via Annaram and Sundilla. A landmark in the global lift irrigation sector, the Laxmipur Underground Pumping Station Gayatri of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project has been completed in just 3 years. The KLIP has yet another engineering marvel in its name, the world’s largest underground pumping station, constructed 470 feet below the Earth’s surface. The LUPS would enable storage in several reservoirs through the year in the river belt.

MEIL Commences The Iconic Laxmipur Underground Pumping Station - Digpu

KLIP is the world’s most innovative mega project in the industry. There is an underground pumphouse, 470 ft below the ground with twin tunnels and the largest surge pools in the world. This is an ultra-mega project in the world, having 7 motors, each having a capacity of 139 MW. These motors can lift 3 TMC of water per day. This accomplishment is ‘Make In India’ as the Motors are Indian-made and are based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology. All the electrical infrastructure has been constructed with 3057 MWs capacity, comprising of six 400KV and 220KV substations, transformers and 260 km of transmission lines, 7 KMs of 400 Kv XLPE under Ground Cable. Other key features include the twin tunnels of length 4133 mt and diameter 10 mt, world’s biggest surge pools and the extraordinary size of the Pump House.” said Mr B Srinivas Reddy, Director, MEIL, speaking about the array of achievements.

Lift Irrigation projects are usually constructed at ground level. However, This LUPS has been built underground with a pumping capacity of 2 TMCs of water per day. 21.6 Lakh CuM of soil has been excavated from 470 ft below Earth’s surface for lifting an enormous amount of underground water by pumps and motors. A 160 KVA capacity pump transformer has been set up to run the motors with 139MW of power.

The project consists of four surge pools for storage ensuring uninterrupted water pumping. Further, the turbine pumps have been erected at a depth of 138 mt under the ground. Each motor pump weighs around 2,376 metric tonnes, which gives them the name ‘Mega Motors’.

MEIL Commences The Iconic Laxmipur Underground Pumping Station - Digpu
The team behind the iconic project

Megha Engineering Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) with 30 years of its rich technical expertise in such complex and high-end electro-mechanical works has been executing this project as a mission with an objective to deliver water to the farmlands in time and quench the thirst of Telangana. 

We feel honoured to be part of Telangana’s dream project and the world’s biggest lift irrigation project, the KLIP. It has been a privilege and a lifetime opportunity to execute with world-class technology by coordinating with the world’s best engineering suppliers and realizing the dreams of Telangana. CM Mr K Chandrashekar Rao’s supervision and determination pushed our team to complete the project in time”, said Mr Reddy, on being asked about the record-setting pumping station.

To know about the World’s biggest pumphouse in detail, visit The Fact Sheet Of KLIP

Source: Digpu

MEIL Constructs The World’s Largest Lift Irrigation Project

MEIL Constructs The World’s Largest Lift Irrigation Project

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project ready for inauguration

Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, June 19, 2019/Digpu/—KLIP is by far the first of its kind and the largest lift scheme in the world. The project requires 7152 MW of electricity for the Package-8 pumping station to pump 3 TMCs of water daily. It is constructed 330 meters below the ground and is the only one consisting of such a gigantic underground pumping station with 7 units, each having a capacity of 139 MWs.

MEIL, India’s leading infrastructure company has completed the construction of the world’s biggest engineering marvel, the largest lift irrigation scheme namely the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation. It is going to be inaugurated on 21st June. Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) has completed the project on a FastTrack mode and the construction has been completed in record time. All the civil and electro-mechanical works in Medigadda to Mid-Maneru link-1 and link-2 has been completed. Leading the industry with decades of experience, the company installing 105 Machines out of 120 machines and constructing 17 pump houses out of 20 in entire KLIP. Medidata, Annaram, Sundilla (link 1) pumphouses along with the world’s biggest pumphouse at Lakshmipur (Package 8 in link 2) are ready for pumping water. This prestigious Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation (KLIP) Project would cater irrigation water to 37.08 lakh acres of land; another 18.82 lakh acres of command area will be stabilized with it.

Largest Lift Irrigation Scheme In The World

On asking about this achievement,, Mr B Srinivas Reddy, Director, MEIL, said,” It has a privilege and lifetime opportunity to be able to bring the plan from print to reality. We have successfully engineered the world’s biggest pumping scheme in India. To achieve that, we used world-class technology involving the best agencies that have delivered quality. We at MEIL believe that quality and timely delivery of projects are the benchmarks to our success.”“This is by far the first of its kind and the largest lift scheme in the world. The project requires 7152 MW of electricity to pump 3 TMCs of water daily. In the first phase, 4992 MWs of electricity is being used for pumping 2 TMCs of water.  MEIL has proven its strength in diverse forte – from the construction of major pump houses and power transmission infrastructure through to and civil and electro-mechanical engineering works at their best for pumping water this season,” he added.

KLIP Has Been Completed By MEIL In 2 Years

Till date, the biggest lift schemes in the world were The Colorado lift scheme in America and the Great Manmade River in Egypt. The capacities of these schemes are in horsepower and they took over 3 decades for completion. Now, the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation project, an Indian Lift Scheme has become the world’s biggest in terms of capacities. Many other lift irrigation projects have also been completed and maintained by MEIL across India. The Pattiseema project in record-breaking time and got a place in “Limca Book of World Records” for that achievement. It also completed Handri-Neeva lift scheme in 2012 and maintaining it without any single problem ever since.

Records galore in Pump Houses

A total of 43 machines are being established for Medigadda, Annaram and Sundilla Pump Houses, each having 40 MWs capacity.  These three pump houses consume nearly 1720 MWs of electricity. The underground pump house in the package-8 will have 7 units, out of which 5 machines are ready to pump 2 TMCs of water per day. Each one of these machines is having the world’s biggest pumping machines with a capacity of 139 MWs. This underground pump house itself would consume 973 MWs of electricity. MEIL is also establishing four machines in Package -11, each with a capacity of 135 MWs. Four machines each with a capacity of 106 MW are being installed in Package -10. And another 7 machines, each with a capacity of 124 MW are in Package-6.During 2018-19,  the amount of work completed is really a world record in terms of execution in pump houses. Nearly 177 Lakhs CuM worth of earthworks were completed for Medigadda Scheme. On average, meil completed one lakh CuM of earthwork per day.  In the same way, 8.62 Lakhs CuM of concrete work was completed in just 22 months. Completing 1310 CuM of concrete work for a lift scheme and laying 39700 tones of underground pipes in 18 months is another distinction. MEIL established 6 machines at Medigadda in just 10 months, which is the shortest time frame in the world. 

Package-8 Pumping Station: A Marvel in underground engineering

The Package-8 pumping station can lift 3 TMCs of water per day. It is constructed 330 meters below the ground and is the only one consisting of such a gigantic underground pumping station with 7 units, each having a capacity of 139 MWs.The depth of the pumping station was calculated based on various technical and scientific parameters. The machines supplied by BHEL are developed with robust engineering and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology which helps in overcoming even complex situations. “The uniqueness of this pump house lies in its twin tunnels, which have been constructed side by side by excavating the earth with a diameter of 10.5 meters, each having a length of 4133 meters. Surge pool and additional surge pools of this pump house are also the biggest in the world. This is the first time such constructions have been made under the ground. One can imagine the size of the Pump House that has 330 Mts depth, 25 Mts width and 65 Mts of height,” said Mr Srinivas Reddy.

KLIP Has A Unique Power Infrastructure

Nearly 7152 MWs of electricity is required for lifting 3 TMCs of water per day. This equals the total demand/consumption of electricity in most Indian states. MEIL completed construction of electrical infrastructure for KLIP with 3057 MWs capacity that includes six 400KVand 220KV  substations, transformers and 260 kilometres of transmission lines, 7 KMs of 400 KV XLPE under Ground Cable etc.  This huge electrical infrastructure has been established for providing drinking water and irrigation purposes in the world.