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ABB deploys high-capacity motors for Telangana irrigation project

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

As part of the Mahatma Gandhi Kalwakurthy Lift System in Telangana, ABB, a pioneering technology leader, deployed five of its high-capacity motors - each capable of pumping 23,000 litres per second.

The 12-year-long project, aimed at irrigating 137,000 hectares in drought-prone Mahabubnagar region, was recently completed.

Years of severe drought have created a crisis in the region. The table had also depleted and the only option for providing adequate for farming and drinking is to pump it from the to a reservoir nearly 300 meters above. From there, through a gravity-driven "lift irrigation" system, the water can be channeled through nearly 100 km of canals to the parched farms and more than 300 villages that were at risk of turning to desert.

This was made possible only through considerable feats of civil engineering: industrial-strength water pumping technology and that ABB, with decades of experience in India, provided.

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Pumping water at thousands of litres per second to reach a reservoir metres above river level - the height of the - requires huge motors and high- The MGKLIS project called for lifting the water in three separate stages, with handling the critical middle stage - Lift II, with an 86-meter rise.

The key features of the Lift II project were five 30 MW, 11 kV motors, each with a 23,000-litres-per-second pumping capability. They are the largest capacity and physically biggest motors used yet by in an project. Each motor has a footprint of more than 30 square metres.

According to the company, the villages now have a dependable supply of drinking water. Just as crucially, with the canals and a network of storage tanks irrigating about 137,000 hectares of land (an area nearly as large as the sprawling city of in California, farmers who had retreated to cities in search of a livelihood, are now returning to cultivate the soil once again.

"Agriculture is one of the largest sectors of the Indian economy, employing almost half of the population. Best in from ABB which can be used to manage availability of water and create the last mile connect with farmers, can have a significant impact on India's future development," said Sanjeev Sharma, of



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 18:48 IST