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Hirakud Dam, Sambalpur

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Hirakud Dam is built across the Mahanadi River, about 15 km from Sambalpur in the state of Odisha in India. Behind the dam extends a lake, Hirakud Reservoir, 55 km long. It is one of the first major multipurpose river valley projects started after India's independence.Construction historyBefore the devastating floods of 1936, Sir M. Visveswararya proposed a detailed investigation for storage reservoirs in the Mahanadi basin to tackle the problem of floods in the Mahanadi delta. In 1945, under the chairmanship of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Member of Labour, it was decided to invest in the potential benefits of controlling the Mahanadi for multi-purpose use. The Central Waterways, Irrigation and Navigation Commission took up the work.On 15 Mar 1946, Sir Hawthrone Lewis, the Governor of Odisha, laid the foundation stone of the Hirakud Dam. A project report was submitted to the government in June 1947. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the first batch of concrete on 12 April 1948. The dam was completed in 1953 and was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on 13 January 1957. The total cost of the project was Rs.1000.2 millions in 1957. Power generation along with agricultural irrigation started in 1956, achieving full potential in 1966.Technical details Length Total = 25.79 Kilometers Length = 4.8 Kilometers Artificial Lake = 743 Sq. Kilometers Irrigated Area (both crop) = 235477 Hectares Area lost in construction of Dam = 147363acre Power Generation = 347.5 MW(Installed capacity) Cost = Rs.1000.2 million (in 1957) Top dam level = R.L 195.680 Mtr F.R.L/ M.W.L = R.L 192.024 Mtr Dead storage level = R.L 179.830 Mtr Total quantity of earth work in Dam = 18,100,000 m³ Total quantity of concrete = 1,070,000 m³ Catchment = 83400 Sq. Kilometers
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  • The longest earthern dam in d world... What more is required for describing the tantalizing beauty of d dam..... Simply awesome and d dam looks even more majestic when viewed from atop d towers, situa...  more »
  • About 20 km northwest of Sambalpur, the gigantic Hirakud Dam is situated.It was completed in 1957 with the sole objective of save the life of people during flood caused by Mahanadi. This has also help...  more »
  • HIrakud,Largest earthen dam and pride of sambalpur not only beautiful but also the lifeline of western odisha.Flanked with hills & hillock, Green forest this place will mesmerise you,Be prepared to bu...  more »