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Engineers find new ideas to overcome challenges faced by them The Hindu, July 3, 2018



The execution of Kaleshwaram irrigation project has become a platform to showcase out-of-the-box management skills for work agencies, department engineers, and even the Irrigation Minister to keep the momentum of work and meet deadlines.

Those involved in the execution of the project have been finding new ideas to overcome the challenges faced from time to time in the acquisition of land, ensuring availability of required workforce and getting the material moved to work sites. The following are some of the key best practices we can learn from the team.

This lessons learned snippets are derived from an article published in The Hindu, Dated July 3, 2018

S.NOReported Incident/NewsProject Management best practices
1“Unlike in other projects the engineers working for Kaleshwaram project have gone beyond their mandate and convinced people to give up their lands identified for the project needs, after the revenue department failed to make headway. We visited villages, met elders and convinced them about the larger benefits the project is going to derive,” a senior engineer supervising the project work said seeking anonymity.• Project Managers should walk extra mile to achieve Project objectives
• Stakeholders identification and effective engagement is demonstrated here
2As all the work agencies engaged in the project have mobilised 90% of the workforce from other States such as Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal for “strategic” reasons, holding them back from returning to their native places during major festivals has been a major headache. Holi festival and local bodies’ elections in West Bengal during the recent summer season were testing times, the engineer said.Understand the enterprise environmental factors, manage the effective engagement of stakeholders.
3“We offered double wages to stop the workers going home for Holi and succeeded in holding back at least half of them to keep the momentum of work for meeting June-July deadlines,” explained Director of Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Ltd B. Srinivas Reddy during a visit to the project works recently. Adding to Mr. Srinivas Reddy’s views, Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao said some engineers were deputed to West Bengal to bring back workers from areas where the local polls held in phases were either over or postponed.Balance the competing project constraints. When the work to be expedited through crashing, additional cost is inevitable
4Key Equipments airlifted
Stating that some parts of pumps for Package 6 and 8 were airlifted from Austria to meet the deadlines, Mr. Harish Rao narrated how they faced difficulties in moving some other equipment brought to Mumbai port from Finland. “It reached Mumbai in 20 days but it took 30 days to bring it to the work site (Medigadda) as construction of a flyover in Mumbai obstructed its movement. Its journey through an alternative route took a week’s extra time even with the cooperation of Maharashtra government,” he explained.
During the execution, the schedule model /network should be continually analysed to recover delays.
Airlifting the Equipments will reduce the waiting time, but cost will increase. Inspite of that, the road construction affected the movement.
The risk was mitigated through alternate route
5Dealing with five countries, a few neighbouring States and several departments at the Centre for getting clearances has been no mean task, he said and it was the extra mile efforts of both work agencies and engineers that have made project’s progress, as it stands now, possible.Infrastructure projects have heavy influence on Enterprise environmental factors both internal to the company and external to company

About the project

The multi-stage Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) in Telangana is a massive project with a financial outlay of Rs 90,000-crore and it will require 4,300 MW of power every day to pump water at different stages to irrigate 37 lakh hectares. This project is said to be the world’s biggest irrigation project that is set to end water woes of the state Telangana where many regions are parched. With poor monsoon rains or lack of irrigation facilities, the project holds the potential to change this tragic tale of Telangana.

For more information about the project http://bestprojectsinindia.com/Article/1/telangana-lifeline-kaleshwaram-project-details

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