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American Engineers Hail Telangana’s Project In NV

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American Engineers Hail Telangana’s Project In NV

LAS VEGAS, NV (IANS) – Kaleshwaram, the world’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation project built in Telangana, and Mission Bhagiratha — the ambitious drinking water project, have earned laurels at the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress held here.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) which organized the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress at Nevada, lauded the Kaleshwaram project as an enduring symbol of engineering progress and partnership.

Maria C, Lehman, ASCE President, presented the proclamation to IT and Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao at the event.

Rama Rao was invited to give a detailed presentation on the topic ‘Many Benefits and Social Equity from Lifting a River: Story of the World’s Largest Multi-stage Lift Irrigation Project’ at the conference attended by over 1000 delegates from across the world.

ASCE represents more than 1,50,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is America’s oldest engineering society.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister KTR recounted the remarkable transformation of Telangana in the last nine years.

KTR presented the scale of the Kaleshwaram project, “This colossal engineering marvel was completed in a record span of just four years with an investment of $11 billion. The amount of earth moved during its construction would fill 101 Pyramids of Giza. The steel used in the project would be enough to build 66 Eiffel Towers, and the concrete poured would erect 53 Burj Khalifas.”

KTR said that planned investments in new irrigation projects and revitalization of existing systems contributed to the expansion of cultivated land and have led to the ushering of five revolutions in agriculture and allied sectors.

“The Kaleshwaram Project has transformed Telangana into the new rice bowl of India, irrigating lakhs of acres with two cropping cycles. The gross irrigated land has increased by an impressive 119%, and paddy production has multiplied fourfold, from 3 million tons in 2015-16 to 15 million tons in 2022-23,” he added.

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