Pulichinthala Project

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Pulichinthala Project is located in India
Pulichinthala Project
Location of Pulichinthala in India
Location Between Nalgonda District, Telangana and Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh
Coordinates 16°45′15″N 80°03′24″E / 16.75417°N 80.05667°E / 16.75417; 80.05667Coordinates: 16°45′15″N 80°03′24″E / 16.75417°N 80.05667°E / 16.75417; 80.05667
Opening date 7 December 2013
Construction cost 1850 crore rupees
Dam and spillways
Impounds Krishna River
Height 42.24 m
Length 2,922 m
Width (base) 31 m
Creates Pulichinthala
Total capacity 46 tmcft
Active capacity 36.23 tmcft
Catchment area 240,732 sq.km
Surface area 144 sq.km
Power station
Operator(s) TGGENCO [1]
Commission date 2015
Turbines 4 × 30 MW Kaplan turbine
Installed capacity 120 MW

Pulichintala Project called as KLRao Sagar multipurpose irrigation project is a multi purpose project serving irrigation needs, hydro power generation and flood control. It is a crucial irrigation facility for farmers of four coastal districts of West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam where irrigation facility for 13 lakh acres. It has 24 gates in all with balancing reservoir with a capacity of 46 tmcft. The project started impounding the water in August 2014.[2] The cost of the project has exceeded Rs.1850 crores.


The project was first conceived in 1911 by British engineer Col Ellis. The foundation stone was laid by the then Chief Minister, N. T. Rama Rao on 13 November 1988 at a projected cost of 188 crores.[3] It was the first project to start under the ambitious Jalayagnam in the year 2004-05. which has been started by Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the then chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. . It was opened on 7 December 2013 by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Kiran Kumar Reddy.[4] Pulichintala project is located in Guntur District, Andra Pradesh State.


It is located in Pulichintala village in Guntur district and Nemalipuri village on other side of the river in Nalgonda district of Telangana state across the Krishna River,[5] between Prakasam Barrage at Vijayawada and the Nagarjuna Sagar dam.


It has 30 Tmcft live storage capacity to impound the Krishna river flood waters generated from the catchment area located downstream of Nagarjunasagar Dam. Now water is not releasing to Prakasam Barrage at Vijayawada and the Prakasam Barrage water is receiving from pattiseema lift irrigation project.

A low level lift canal from the Krishna river located near 16°42′50″N 80°08′24″E / 16.71389°N 80.14000°E / 16.71389; 80.14000 at 20 m MSL in the downstream of Pulichintala dam will be executed to feed Godavari water diverted from Polavaram Dam to some of the existing command area (situated below 60 m MSL) under Nagarjuna Sagar right bank canal to facilitate extension of Nagarjuna Sagar right bank canal connecting to Kandaleru feeder canal / Somasila reservoir for serving irrigation needs in Prakasam, Potti Sriramulu Nellore and Chittur districts including Chennai drinking water supply. A branch from this lift canal is also extended up to Pulichinthala dam (FRL 53.34 m MSL) to store Godavari water in Pulichintala reservoir during drought years and to irrigate low lands along Krishna river up to Pulichintala dam.

Power project[edit]

A 120 MW hydro electric power station (4 units of 30 MW each) owned by TGGENCO [6] is in advanced stage of construction with planned completion in the year 2015.

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