Top 10 Dams in India

Dams are strong, durable, tough architectural engineering marvels. They are structures which cannot be penetrated. It is used for generating hydroelectricity, and is a major source of irrigation, industrial use, and other household purposes.

India has a huge number of dams. We have approximately 4300 dams and water reservoirs in India. Having said that, let’s look at the list of Top 10 Dams in India, that you should know about

1. Mettur Dam (Tamil Nadu)

Mettur Dam is one of the largest dams in India, located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a 1700 m long dam. It is situated along the Kaveri river. It was constructed in 1934. A major part of Salem gets the irrigation facilities from Mettur Dam.

Credits – Pixabay (Mettur Dam)

2. Hirakud dam (Odisha)

It is located 15 km north of Sambalpur. It stands lone in its majesty besides the Mahanadi river. Gandhi Minar, a revolving minarate is a source of a fantastic view at the top. One can enjoy the splendid view of the mighty Hirakud dam with the expanse of water.

Credits – https://sambalpur.nic.in/

3. Bhakra Nangal Dam (Himachal Pradesh)

Credits – Indiatoday.in

The Bhakra-Nangal dam was one of the most initial projects of free India. The project was first signed between Punjab and King of Bilaspur in 1945. After this, the dam was completed in 1963. It was dedicated to the nation by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

The Bhakra dam is located across the Sutlej River. Standing at a height of 207.26 m, it is the second tallest dam in Asia. It is situated in the state of Uttarakhand.

4. Rihand Dam (Uttar Pradesh)

In terms of Volume, Rihand Dam is one of the biggest dams in India. Its construction was started in 1954, and it took 8 years, till 1962 for it to be functional. It is also known as “Gobind Ballabh Pant Sagar Dam”.

It is located on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The total capacity of the dam is 300 MW.

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5. Indira Sagar Dam (Madhya Pradesh)

Having a total installed capacity of 1000 MW, it is one of the largest water reservoirs in the country. The dam is located on the Narmada river, a major river in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Indira Sagar dam is at a height of 92 m.

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6. Koyna Dam (Maharashtra)

Having a production capacity of 1920 MW, Koyna Dam is one the biggest dams in the state of Maharashtra. The dam stands at a height of 103 m, and is constructed across the Koyna river.

Credits – DNA India

7. Nizam Sagar Dam (Telangana)

Nizam Sagar Dam is a reservoir constructed on the Manjira River, a tributary of the Godavari.

It flows between two villages, Achampet & Banjapalle, in the Kamareddy district of Telangana.

The main source of drinking water in the district is the Nizam Sagar dam. It is one of the oldest dams of the state.

Credits – kamareddy.telangana.gov.in/

8. Dantiwada Dam (Gujarat)

Constructed on the bank of the Banas River, the Dantiwada dam was constructed to control floods in the district. It continues to be a major source of water for the different irrigation projects running in the state.

Standing at a height of 61 m, it is also close to the Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary. It acts as a division of Dantiwada and Dharoi Dam.

Credits – banaskantha.nic.in

9. Chandil Dam (Jharkhand)

A place of scenic beauty, Chandil Dam stands on the bank of the Subarnarekha River. It is one of the most famous picnic spots for the people of Jharkhand. Located about 35 km from Jamshedpur, it is a multi-purpose dam.

A museum is also located close to the dam, which has scripts written from about 2000 years ago.

The dam stands at 220 m in height. Karkori river mingles with the Swarnarekha dam at the Chandil Dam.

Credits – seraikela.nic.in

10. Indravati Dam (Odisha)

Indravati dam is located 130 km from Bhawanipatna, a major place in the state of Odisha. It is, as the name suggests, constructed on the Indravati River. Presently, it serves as the largest power producing dam in the state, as well as the eastern region.

It is also a place where a lot of people visit to have an experience of the mesmerizing view of the surrounding.

Credits – www.tourmyindia.com

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