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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.

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  • 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

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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.


DamsState River
Rihand dam (Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar Dam)Uttar PradeshRihand River
Tehri DamUttarakhandBhagirathi River
Dhauli Ganga DamUttarakhandDhauli Ganga River
Lakhwar DamUttarakhandYamuna
Bhakra Nangal DamHimachal PradeshSutlej
Somasila DamAndhra PradeshPennar River
NagarjunaSagar DamAndhra Pradesh & Telangana borderKrishna
Srisailam DamAndhra PradeshKrishna River
Singur damTelanganaManjira River
Dharoi DamGujaratSabarmati River
Kadana damGujaratMahi River
Dantiwada DamGujaratBanas River
Sardar Sarovar DamGujaratNarmada
Ukai DamGujaratTapti

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