Bhima Lift Irrigation Project JI02715

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1Irrigation Project Name Bhima Lift Irrigation Project
2Irrigation Project Name Alias
3Purpose Irrigation
4Type Major
5Engineering Type Diversion, Lift
6Status Ongoing
7State Karnataka
8Districts Benefited Gulbarga
9Basin Krishna
10River Bhima
11Project Sharing None
12Intercountry None
13Interbasin No
14Work Started in 5 Year Plan IX-Plan
15Completed in 5 Year Plan
16Project Approval Status Planning Commission
17Year of Approval by Planning Commission 2009
18Approved Cost (Rs. in cr) 551.93
19Actual Cost (Rs. in cr)
20Culturable Command Area (CCA) (th ha) 24.29
21Ultimate Irrigation Potential (UIP) (th ha) 24.29
22Potential Created (PC) (th ha)
23Project Covered under ERM Scheme No
24Project Covered under CADA Scheme No
25Project Covered under AIBP Scheme Yes
26Studies Conducted
27Project Covered under Tribal Sub-Plan
28Project Covered under Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP)
1Allagi Lift StationLift
2Balundagir Lift StationLift
3Sonna BarrageBarrage/ Weir/ Anicut (BWA)


The River Bhima originating from Western Ghats at Bhima Shankar near Karjat village in Maharashtra State is a tributary of Krishna River. The river Bhima itself has got major tributaries like Mula and Muta, Ghod, Nira and Sina and in Karnataka minor tributaries like Bori in the upstream of project site, Satnal Halla, Indi Halla etc. The river flows in the States of Maharashtra and Karnataka and joins the river Krishna just at the boundary of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The length of Bhima River is 861.35 Km (535 miles). The river Bhima has a total catchment area of 70613.70 Sq-Km upto the confluence point with Krishna river. The catchment area of the proposed site near Sonna village is 53328 Sq-Km and out of this 47760 Sq-Km lies in Maharashtra State and remaining 5568 Sq-Km lies in Karnataka State.

Bhima Lift Irrigation Scheme envisages construction of a Barrage across Bhima River near Sonna village of Afzalpur taluka in Gulbarga District to impound 89.65 M.Cum (3.16 TMC) of water and two foreshore lift irrigation schemes namely. Balundagi Lift Irrigation Scheme and Allagi (Buzerg) Lift Irrigation Scheme, on either bank of Bori River.

The total water allocation for the scheme is 6.00 TMC, out of which 5.63 TMC of water is earmarked for irrigation purpose and balance 0.10 TMC of water for drinking and 0.27 TMC for industrial and other purpose. By utilizing 5.63 TMC (including Evaporation losses) it is proposed to irrigate 24,292 Ha of Culturable Command Area (CCA) and to benefit drought prone taluka of Afzalpur of Gulbarga district.

The project received investment clearance of Planning Commission during the year 2009 for an estimated cost of Rs 551.93 crore.

Present Status

The project was started during the year 1999-2000 and it was brought under AIBP assistance during 2009-10. So far the barrage is completed and canal work is under progress. Upto March 2012 potential of 4900 hectare is created against 24,292 hectare.

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