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Sriram Sagar Project (SRSP) - Pochampadu Project

The Sriram Sagar Project also known as the Pochampadu Project is an Indian flood-flow project on the Godavari. The Project is located in Nizamabad district, 3 km away from National Highway 44. It has been described by The Hindu as a "lifeline for a large part of Telangana".

Sriramsagar is an irrigation project across river Godavari in Telangana to serve irrigational needs in Karimnagar, Warangal, Adilabad, Nalgonda, and Khammam districts. It also provides drinking water to Warangal city. There is a hydroelectric plant working at the dam site, with 4 turbines each with 9 MW capacity generating 36 MW.

Dam and spillways
Impounds : Godavari River
Height : 43 metres (141 ft) from river level
Length :  15,600 metres (51,181 ft)

Total capacity : 3,172,000,000 m3 (2,571,582 acre⋅ft)
Active capacity : 2,322,000,000 m3 (1,882,476 acre⋅ft)[1]
Surface area : 451 km2 (174 sq mi)

The project

Sriram Sagar Reservoir's capacity is 90 tmcft and it has 42 floodgates. It also includes Kakatiya Canal covering 284 km, Laxmi Canal, Sarswati Canal, and Flood flow canal. Construction of this dam was started in 1957. Most of the catchment area upstream of this dam is located in Maharashtra.

This project is also locally known as Khustapuram dam. The Khustapuram project proposal was first mooted/investigated by erstwhile Hyderabad state under Nizam rule to utilize 227 tmcft of upper Godavari river water. This dam site is located in the Nizamabad district of Telangana State after the confluence of Manjira river with Godavari. Under stage I of this project nearly 1 million acres (400,000 ha) irrigation facility is created to utilize 140 tmc water. Stage II of this project is under advanced stage of construction to irrigate 440,000 acres (180,000 ha) using 25 tmc water. The flood flow canal project is also under implementation to irrigate 200,000 acres (81,000 ha) using 20 tmcft water available at Pochampadu dam site. The live storage capacity of SS dam is limited to 90 tmcft to reduce submergence area in Maharashtra up to FRL level 1,091 feet (333 m) above mean sea level as per the agreement between Maharashtra & Telangana.