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Facts About The Hirakud ... .. .
WWW.AMAZINGORISSA.COM    hirakud, It is thelongest dam in the world and is about 25.8 K.Ms Long.

WWW.AMAZINGORISSA.COM  The project provides irrigations to 1,55,635 Hects of Kharif and 1,08,385 Hects of Rabi crops

WWW.AMAZINGORISSA.COM  this project provides flood protection to a area of about 9500 sq Kms of delta area in Cuttack and Puri district .

WWW.AMAZINGORISSA.COM  This effort started in the year of 1937

WWW.AMAZINGORISSA.COM  After the high floods of 1937, great architect of Oriya engineer M. Visveswararya gave proposal For it.

WWW.AMAZINGORISSA.COM  The project report was submitted to India Government in June of 1947.

WWW.AMAZINGORISSA.COM  The hirakud dam is about 26km distances from Sambalpur town and 6 Kms distances from NH 6 .

Longest Dam...unique architect

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Unique architect.... and amazing effort . This is the really uniqueness of Dam hirakud. It has the distinction of being the longest dam in the world which length is about 25.8 K.Ms. long with dam and dykes taken together.And this is happens to be the first post independence major multipurpose river valley project in India. Situated on the western end , it covers an area of 746 sq kms . Across the river Mahanadi , this hirakud Dam Project is built at about 15 Kms stretch at upstream of Sambalpur town in Orissa state .

The project provides irrigations to 1,55,635 Hects of Kharif and 1,08,385 Hects of Rabi crops to Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir and Subarnapur district . The water released through power house irrigates further 436,000 Hects of land in Mahanadi delta. But the mazor thing is that this dam's Installed capacity for power generation is 307.5 MW through its two power houses built at Burla and Chiplima . Besides,this project provides flood protection to a area of about 9500 sq Kms of delta area in Cuttack and Puri district . Not only confined within this, this is also a congregation centre for migratory birds during winter season. It has a panaromic view from a water tower with a revolving platform is called Jawahar Marg.

Brief history .

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This effort started in the year of 1937. After the high floods of 1937, great architect of Oriya engineer M. Visveswararya gave proposal for detailed investigation for storage reservoirs in Mahanadi basin. Target was to tackle problem of floods in Mahanadi delta.But in the year of 1945,under the chairmanship of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, the then Member of Labour in Govt. of India, decision to taken that whethere the potentiality of river Mahanadi should be fruitfully and investigated for multipurpose use. Central Water- ways Irrigation and Navigation Commission took up the work. The foundation stone of hirakud Dam was laid by Sir Howthrone Lewis, the then Governor of Orissa on 15th March 1946. The project report was submitted to India Government in June of 1947.

The first batch of concrete was laid by Pandit Jawaharalal Neheru on 12th April 1948. The project was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 13th January 1957. Power generation along with supply for irrigation started progressively and the project came to fully existance in the year 1966.

Features detailed .

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The main dam of hirakud spans between hills Lamdungri on left hand Chandili Dunguri on the right. The Dam is flanked by 21 Kms. long earthen dykes both on left and right sites to close the low suddles beyond the abutment hills. It has the distinction of being the longest dam in the world, being 25.8 Kms. long with dam and dykes taken together. The Catchments area is about 83400 Sq. Kms (32200 sq miles) .hirakud dam is a composite structure of Earth, Concrete and Masonry. It has also the rare distinct of forming the biggest artificial lake in Asia with reservoir spread of 743 sq Kms at full reservoir level. The Completed Cost of this Project was Rs.100.02 crores in the year of 1957. Here the number of the sluices is 64 i.e. 40 on left and 24 on right. Number of the crest gates is 34 i.e. 21 on left and 13 on right.

Power channel.

Total length of the power channel is 22.40 km . At Burla about 235.50 MW electricity is generated where as at Chiplima 72.00 MW power generated per day.

Approach.

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The hirakud dam is about 26km distances from Sambalpur town and 6 Kms distances from NH 6 . The nearest rail head is hirakud railway station , which is at a distances of 8 Kms from the dam site. This rail connection comes under south eastern railway. Regular buses are plying to this spots . Besides private vehicles are plently available to this wonderful site.

Accomodation.

Here a visitors can spent through out the day . Here private accommodation is available for all categories

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