Dams are pretty interesting a topic for the people who prepare question papers for competitive examinations. And why not! After all, dams are useful in the Indian economy in terms of power generation, irrigation and flood prevention. Also the fact that they are important landmarks from the geographical perspective. Let’s have a look at some interesting facts about dams from the Indian perspective.

  • Highest Dam (260 m) and Highest Power Capacity (1,000 MW) Dam: Tehri Dam
  • Longest Dam (15 kms): Hirakud Dam
  • Largest Volume Holding Capacity (11.472 billion cubic meters): Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
  • Oldest Dam (2nd Century AD): Kallanai dam
  • Highest Arch Dam (169 m): Idukki Dam

Dams which have been in news recently

  • Idukki Dam (Kerala floods)
  • Sardar Sarovar Dam (Was recently inaugurated)

It would be helpful to memorize the name of dams and their location if you put a map in your room and bookmark the dams on it. We are providing you a list of all the important dams in the below table.

S. No. Dams Power Generation Capacity Height State
1 Sardar Sarovar Dam 1,450 MW 535 Ft Gujarat
2 Bhakra Dam 1,325 MW 740 Ft Himachal Pradesh
3 Pong Dam 396 MW 436 Ft Himachal Pradesh
4 Nathpa Dam 1,500 MW 205 Ft Himachal Pradesh
5 Chamera Dam 1071 MW 741 Ft Himachal Pradesh
6 Baglihar Dam 900 MW 472 Ft Jammu & Kashmir
7 Tungabhadra Dam 72 MW 162 Ft Karnataka
8 Idukki Dam 780 MW 554 Ft Kerala
9 Bansagar Dam 425 MW 220 Ft Madhya Pradesh
10 Indirasagar Dam 1,000 MW 302 Ft Madhya Pradesh
11 Koyna Dam 1,960 MW 339 Ft Maharashtra
12 Hirakud Dam 347.5 MW 200 Ft Orissa
13 Rana Pratap Sagar Dam 172 MW 177 Ft Rajasthan
14 Rangit Dam 60 MW 148 Ft Sikkim
15 Bhavanisagar Dam 1,920 MW 105 Ft Tamil Nadu
16 Mettur Dam 840 MW 120 Ft Tamil Nadu
17 Mullaperiyar Dam 175 MW 176 Ft Kerala
18 Nagarjuna Sagar Dam 816 MW 407 Ft Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
19 Srisailam Dam 1,670 MW 476 Ft Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
20 Tehri Dam 2,400 MW 855 Ft Uttarakhand


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