K. C. Canal

Kurnool Cuddappah Canal popularly known as K.C. Canal is an irrigation canal located in Kurnool and Cuddapah districts in Andhra Pradesh, India.[1][2][3]

K.C. Canal near Kurnool


The K.C.Canal was constructed between 1863 and 1870 as an irrigation and navigation canal. This canal interconnects the rivers Penner and Tungabhadra. It starts from the Sunkesula barrage located on the Tungabhadra River near Kurnool.[4]

The navigation system was abandoned during 1933 and the canal continued to be a major irrigation source. To improve the efficiency of the system, modernization of the entire canal and repairs/reconstruction of the structures is taken up under K.C. Canal modernization. The project is under construction to stabilize entire ayacut of KC Canal and to develop the gap ayacut of 60,000 acres. The canal presently irrigates nearly 1,70,000 acres with 40 Tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) water utilisation from the Krishna River.

Assured water availabilityEdit

Alternate water supply from Srisailam reservoir is provided via Srisailam right main canal constructed under Telugu Ganga project. Also water can be pumped and fed to K.C. Canal from the recently commissioned Muchumarri lift or Handri-Neeva lift canal pump house from the Srisailam reservoir when its water level (up to 798 ft msl) is below the minimum drawdown level of Pothireddypadu head regulator which also feeds Telugu Ganga, Srisailam right bank canal and Galeru Nagari projects.[5] Although there is assured water allocation of 10 tmcft for this project, most of the water meant for KC canal is drawn though the escape channel at banacherla cross regulator and taken to Somasila project for use by Nellore district depriving Rayalaseema of its allocated water. Very little water reaches the actual KC canal ayacut or the telugu ganga main canal ayacut which have very small capacity and are in disrepair.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archive News". The Hindu. 23 July 2006. Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Andhra Pradesh / Kurnool News : KC Canal reopened". The Hindu. 20 July 2005. Archived from the original on 12 September 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Andhra Pradesh / Cuddapah News : Ryots picket KC Canal engineer's office". The Hindu. 23 July 2004. Archived from the original on 12 August 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=fcY-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=gEwMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3346,5746979&dq=kc+canal&hl=en
  5. ^ "Andhra Pradesh CM inaugurates Muchumarri lift irrigation scheme". Retrieved 29 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 15°52′56″N 77°49′44″E / 15.88222°N 77.82889°E / 15.88222; 77.82889