Indravati Dam

Indravati Dam is a gravity dam on the Indravati River a tributary of Godavari, about 90 km from Bhawanipatna in the state of Odisha in India. It is connected to the main Indravati reservoir via 4.32 km long and 7 m dia head race tunnel designed for a discharge capacity of 210 cumecs and terminating in a surge shaft. Currently it is the largest power producing dam in eastern India with a capacity of 600 MW.

Indravati Dam
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Indravati Dam at Tal Nagi (Kalahandi)
Indravati Dam is located in India
Indravati Dam
Location of Indravati Dam
ଇନ୍ଦ୍ରାବତୀ ଜଳବନ୍ଧ in India
Official nameUpper Indravati Power Station
Location120 km from Bhawanipatna , Odisha
Coordinates19°16′34.8″N 082°49′42.4″E / 19.276333°N 82.828444°E / 19.276333; 82.828444Coordinates: 19°16′34.8″N 082°49′42.4″E / 19.276333°N 82.828444°E / 19.276333; 82.828444
Construction began1978
Opening date2001
Dam and spillways
Type of damGravity, masonry
ImpoundsIndravati River
Height45 m (148 ft)
Length539 m (1,768 ft)
CreatesUpper Indravati
Total capacity2,300,000,000 m3 (1,900,000 acre⋅ft)[1]
Catchment area2,630 km2 (1,020 sq mi)
Surface area110 km2 (42 sq mi)
Upper Indravati Power Station
Coordinates19°25′37.2″N 082°51′22.7″E / 19.427000°N 82.856306°E / 19.427000; 82.856306
Commission date1999
Turbines4 x 150 Francis-type
Installed capacity600 MW


The height of the Dam is 45 m (148 ft) and the length is 539 m (1,768 ft).


Prior 1947 Late HH Maharaja PK Deo had already envisioned the project, and played a pivitol role afterwards. The main purpose of the dam was Hydroelectricity and irrigation. The project was operating and maintaining by Govt. of Odisha and Water Resources Department. The dam was completed by Govt. of Odisha in 1996.[2]

Hydroelectric ProjectEdit

Upper Indravati Hydroelectric Project

The Upper Indravati Project envisages diversion of water of the Indravati river in its upper reaches into the Mahanadi river basin for power generation and irrigation. In addition to the power house, the project involved construction of 4 dams across the Indravati and its tributaries, 8 dykes and two inter-linking channels to form a single reservoir with a live capacity of 1,435.5 Million m3 and a barrage across Hati river in Mahanadi river basin.[3]


  1. ^ "Upper Indravati Multi Purpose Project JI02388". India WRIS. Archived from the original on 26 May 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Indrawati Dam D01012". India WRIS. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Upper Indravati Power House PH01496 -". Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2019-01-24.

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