In an effort to modernise the Sriram Sagar project and increase the area served by this lifeline project, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday initiated a ₹2,000-crore project that seeks to modernise and revitalise its network.

The project on the Godavari river has the potential to boost water supply to several districts in the State.

The Sriram Sagar project, which has been a key water source for the farming community in several districts, has been neglected over the years, leading to silting. This has brought down its storage capacity from 112 TMC ft to 85 TMC ft and its cultivation ability from 16 lakh acres to about 5 lakh acres.

The State plans to keep the reservoir full throughout the year by filling it with water from the Kaleshwaram project.

Restoration plan Under the Sriram Sagar project revival and restoration initiative, water from the Pranahitha river, which joins the Godavari, will be diverted at Medigadda and pumped into the Sriram Sagar project.

Water diversion Under the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, from Medigadda, water will be diverted to Yellampally SRSP flood canals and Mid Manair and Lower Manair.

Flood canals will be converted into reservoirs. The flow capacity of all canals will be increased and the project aims to ensure that water will flow continuously in the canals of SRSP and all lakes will get steady inflow of water.