ITT wins contract for irrigation systems in India
Two lift systems part of the largest irrigation project in country
VADODARA, India.- ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT), a leading provider of pumps and systems for transporting and treating water, has been awarded a contract to supply a number of high-end water pumps for two irrigation systems to the Andhra Pradesh irrigation project, the largest in India. Combined, these two systems will irrigate more than 250,000 acres of farmland. In addition to the pumps, the contract also calls for ITT to complete sump and pump modeling and supervision of installation, with delivery slated for late 2010. The award is valued at $22 million U.S. dollars.? “This is a moment of pride for all of us at ITT India, as this significant order demonstrates the need for ITT’s irrigation products and technology in our country,” said Sam Yamdagni, managing director of ITT India. “Andhra Pradesh is known as the ‘Rice Bowl of India’ and these projects enable us to make a vital contribution by bringing water where it is needed and growing Indian agricultural production.”
The contract involves two irrigation projects for the Andhra Pradesh Irrigation & Command Area Development Department, which manages the largest irrigation project in India and is recognized as one of the largest in the world. At the Pranahita Chevella lift irrigation system, ITT pumps will lift 79 cubic meters of water per second from Thipparam Reservoir to the Chevella Reservoir. At the Chintalpudi system, the pumps will lift 56 cubic meters of water per second from the Godavari River to the Jaleru Reservoir in three stages.
“Low maintenance, high-efficiency pumps play a significant role in the success of a lift irrigation project and we aim to leverage ITT’s well-recognized expertise in this domain,” said B. Srinivasa Reddy, vice president, projects and business development, Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL), consortium partner for these projects. “This association is special as it brings together MEIL, one of the largest players in India in lift irrigation and ITT, the world’s largest supplier of pumps, to benefit the people and the economy of India.”
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For more than a decade, ITT has been a supplier of water and industrial process pumps in India, as well as commercial products, such as shock absorbers for Indian Railways. It has also provided the country with components that are playing a vital role in India’s space program and are now aboard the country’s first-ever moon mission.
As a global leader in the water market, ITT takes seriously its responsibility to address the issue of world water scarcity and to provide timely, workable water solutions to people in need. Through its global philanthropy program, ITT Watermark, the company has committed $3 million U.S. dollars over the next three years to provide safe water and sanitation to children and families in water-stressed regions, including India.
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