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Handri Neeva
Official name Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi project
Country India
Location Chinna Mushtur village
Purpose Irrigation, Drinking water
Construction began 2005
Opening date November 2012
Owner(s) Government of Andhra Pradesh
Dam and spillways
Length 500 kilometers

Handri-Neeva Sujala Sravanthi project is the longest water canal project in Andhra Pradesh. It serves Rayalaseema region irrigating around six lakh acres and providing reliable drinking water supply.[1]


It was conceived by Sir Arthur Cotton,[2] but designs were finalised during the N. T. Rama Rao government.[3] The construction started during the tenure of Y. S. Rajashekhara Reddy

The Project[edit]

The lift canal with a length of nearly 550 km, takes off from the back waters of Srisailam reservoir and routed along the hill ridges up to high lands in Chittoor district via Kurnool and Ananthapur districts with many lifts / pumping stations. The canal feeds many existing tanks which are used for drinking water and irrigation needs. The main purpose of the canal is to ensure badly needed drinking water in drought prone Rayalaseema region. It is planned to use nearly 30 Tmcft water from the Krishna River under this project.

The project operational requirement is 653 MW power and 1.9 billion KWh of electrical energy annually for pumping 30 Tmcft water

The first phase (220 kilometers length) of the canal up to Jeedipalli reservoir, is completed. This reservoir is located at Chinna Mushtur village in Ananthapur district.

To make this lift canal operational for catering to drinking water needs even during a severe drought year, K. C. Canal water sourced from Sunkesula barrage can be fed to this pump house by gravity when water level in the Srisailam reservoir is below minimum draw down level required by the water pumps.

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Coordinates: 15°54′31″N 78°14′08″E / 15.90861°N 78.23556°E / 15.90861; 78.23556