HCC to also execute Phase 111 of Andhra lift irrigation project

Hindustan Construction Company has reinforced a seven-decade long association with Andhra Pradesh with the award of the Rs1400-crore  J Chokka Rao Devadula Lift Irrigation Scheme, phase III, package jointly with Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Ltd (MEIL) and Czech  firm CKD Blansko Engineering.

The contract, awarded by the Irrigation & Command Area Development (ICAD) of the state government in which HCC's share of the contract is worth Rs629.33 crore, is for the construction of three rows of 3-metre diameter pipelines stretching 38.75km each from the existing intake on river Godavari at Gangaram village to Bheemghanpur tank in Warrangal district of Andhra Pradesh.

The contract covers investigation, design and laying pipe line in three rows to carry 49.60 cumecs of water from the intake pump house to Bheemghanpur tank and execution of civil, electro-mechanical, hydro-mechanical, instrumentation, auxiliary and miscellaneous equipment at intake pumping station including SCADA communication system.

The project will be completed in 36 calendar months. This project will irrigate an ayacut of 3.43 lakh acres in Warangal District of Telangana region. This is a part of the government's historical programme named 'Jalayagnam', the initiative to provide immediate irrigation benefits to all under developed regions of Andhra Pradesh

HCC is currently involved in construction of Godavari Lift irrigation phase I and Phase II in Andhra Pradesh where Phase I has already been commissioned and phase II is in advance stages of completion. In addition, HCC is currently executing four major projects in Andhra Pradesh including India's first Cavern for strategic storage of crude oil at Visakhapatnam, the Veligonda lift irrigation project, the Rajiv Sagar lift irrigation project and a 30 km highway of NHAI on NH-7 under north-south corridor on BOT basis.

HCC's relationship with Andhra Pradesh goes back to the 1930's when it constructed the first bridge over river Godavari at Shahgarh. Since then it has built several infrastructure projects including the Godavari Barrage at Rajahmundry, the Papavinasam Dam, the Vizag Monolith & West Wall Protection and the Railway Bridge over Godavari which is the first and only bow-string bridge in India.

HCC has built several landmark projects in India's Hydro Power and water resources sector, with at least 10 of these situated in the geologically challenging Himalayan region. Having also constructed over 45 dams, barrages and 15 powerhouses in the Indian sub continent, HCC has contributed to over 30 per cent of India's installed hydropower capacity.