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5 Major Dams of India

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 18 May 2012, 10:03 Hrs   |    7 Comments
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Bangalore: While India positions in the third place for building dams, it will be informative to know the major dams of India. Here, we bring out the details of 5 major dams of India. Man made dams are one of the most far-fetched architectural accomplishments today. If you are one among those who enjoy architectures and solid designs, and the one who enjoys the nature as much as or the ones who enjoy exploring different places... visit the dam areas and be fascinated to the man-made beauty along with nature’s panoramic view.

Here are the 5 Dams among the many dams of India.

1. Cheruthoni Dam:

Built in: 1976

Height: 454 ft

Location: Idukki, Kerala

Importance: Largest gravity dam in Kerala & third highest dam in India

Cheruthoni dam is one among the three dams of the famous hydro-electric power project of Kerala. Along with the Cheruthoni concrete gravity dam, Idukki double arch dam and Kulamavu dam are the other two of those. Built across the river cheruthoni, it is situated near to the most famous Idukki arch dam. Visitors of the dam can also explore the nearby wildlife sanctuary. The boating and sightseeing at the place is also added to the interests of dam visitors. The dam is opened for the public around the Onam festival time.

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Reader's comments(7)
1: useless article with wrong info. do not mislead people Mr. author
Posted by:Ajay Mittal - 28 Jul, 2013
2: How about Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in Andhra Pradesh?

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is the world's largest masonry dam built across Krishna River in Nagarjuna Sagar, Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh, India, between 1955 and 1967. The dam contains the Nagarjuna Sagar reservoir with a capacity of up to 11,472 million cubic metres. The dam is 490 ft (150 m). tall and 1.6 km long with 26 gates which are 42 ft (13 m). wide and 45 ft (14 m). tall. Nagarjuna Sagar was the earliest in the series of large infrastructure projects initiated for the Green Revolution in India; it also is one of the earliest multi-purpose irrigation and hydro-electric projects in India. The dam provides irrigation water to the Nalgonda District, Prakasam District, Khammam District, Krishna District and Guntur District and electric power to the national grid

Salient features:
• Catchment Area : 215000 km² (83012 sq mi)
• Masonry dam
o Spillway of dam : 471 m
o Non-over flow dam : 979 m
o Length of Masonry dam : 1450 m
o Maximum height : 125 m
• Earth dam
o Total Length of Earth dam : 3414 m
o Maximum height : 128 m

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
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Posted by:gfdsg - 20 May, 2012
4: Nice article
Posted by:Rambabu - 20 May, 2012
5: wtf, how can they miss Bhakhra dam, world's highest ht provides irrigation and electricity to 4 states.
Posted by:Simrat - 19 May, 2012
6: Effort is good. Mention of names of other major dams could have given the reader a better perspective. Bakra-Nangal dam is a notable one. If capacity of holding water and power generation capacity are good indicators for the dams apart from irrigated land area.
Posted by:Ramesh Babu - 19 May, 2012
7: Nice article
Posted by:Arjun - 18 May, 2012