Hirakud Dam

Hirakud Dam is constructed over the river Mahanadi and is the longest dam of the world.

Location: 15 km to the North of Sambalpur
Significance: Longest Dam of the World

Hirakud Dam is located at a distance of 15 km to the north of Sambalpur and was the first post independence river valley project in India. Hirakud Dam is the longest dam of the world and is a complex structure built across the river Mahanadi. Hirakud Dam was constructed for the purpose of irrigation and flood control. Hirakud Dam is approximately 4.8 km long making it the longest dam of the world. The borders of Hirakud Dam are made of earthen dykes on its left as well as right. The combined length of Hirakud Dam increases to 25.8 km along with the earthen dykes and its storage capacity is about 5818 m.
Hirakud Dam
The reservoir of Hirakud Dam has an area of about 743 sq. km and is one of the biggest artificial lakes in Asia. Hirakud Dam has a significance as a tourist attraction as well and the stretch along the dyke which is about 21 km is perfect for a long drive. The scenic and majestic Hirakud Dam leaves tourist with a memorable experience. The Gandhi Minar is a revolving minaret at the top of the Hirakud Dam and offers a fascinating experience for tourists.


Author: Lokesh Dash24 Oct 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

This is quite good information about Hirakud Dam, Sambalpur and Orissa.. Thanks for this.


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