India’s Dams: A Comprehensive State-Wise List (PDF)

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Several dams in India are crucial for various purposes, including irrigation, hydroelectric power generation, water supply, and flood control. Here is a list of some important dams in India:

Dams in India – State Wise List PDF

India has numerous dams that play a crucial role in water resource management, irrigation, hydroelectric power generation, and flood control. Here is a list of some important dams in India:

Tehri Dam: Located in Uttarakhand, it is the tallest dam in India and the 12th highest in the world, standing at 260.5 meters (855 ft). It is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam on the Bhagirathi River.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam: Located on the Krishna River in Telangana, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is the largest masonry dam in India. It provides irrigation, hydroelectricity, and drinking water.

Sardar Sarovar Dam: Sardar Sarovar Dam is the second largest concrete dam in the world. It provides irrigation, hydroelectricity, and drinking water.

Bhakra Nangal Dam: Located in Himachal Pradesh on the Sutlej River, Bhakra Nangal Dam is one of the highest gravity dams in the world. It is a multipurpose dam providing irrigation, hydroelectricity, and flood control.

Hirakud Dam: Constructed across the Mahanadi River in Odisha, Hirakud Dam is one of the world’s longest man-made dams. It is a multipurpose dam providing irrigation, hydroelectricity, and flood control.

Koyna Dam: Located in Maharashtra on the Koyna River, Koyna Dam is a hydroelectric dam with a capacity of 1920 MW. It is known for being the first underground hydroelectric power station in India.

Important Dams in Andhra Pradesh

# Srisailam Dam

River: Srisailam Dam is constructed across the Krishna River

Location: Srisailam Dam is located in the Kurnool ‎district of Andhra Pradesh.

Built in: Srisailam Dam was created in the year 1981.

Spillway capacity: 38370 cumecs

Water holding capacity: 178.74 Tmcft

Height: 145.10 m

Purpose: Hydroelectric, Irrigation & Water supply

# Kalyani Dam

River: Kalyani Dam is built across the Swarnamukhi River.

Location: Kalyani Dam river is located at Tirupati (Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh)

Built-in: Kalyani Dam was built in the year 1977.

Water Holding Capacity: 25 million cubic meters

# Veligallu Dam

River: Veligallu Dam is constructed across the Papagni River.

Location: Veligallu Dam is located at Galiveedu (Kadapa Dist of Andhra Pradesh).

Built in: Veligallu Dam was constructed in 2002.

Water Holding Capacity: 4.64 Tmcft

Purpose: Drinking Water

# Somasila Dam

River: Somasila Dam is built across the Penna River.

Location: Somasila Dam is located in the Nellore district.

Opening date‎: ‎Somasila Dam is for the first time in 1989.

Water Holding Capacity: 75 tmcft.

Height: 128 ft

Purpose: Irrigation & Water supply

# Kandaleru Dam

River: Kandaleru Damis was constructed across the Kandaleru River.

Location: Kandaleru Dam is located at Raipur Mandal in Nellore District.

Built in: Kandaleru Dam was built in 2017.

Water Holding Capacity: 5.12 tmcft

Purpose: Drinking water in Chennai city


List of Important Dams in Arunachal Pradesh

# Subansiri Dam

River: Subansiri Dam is constructed across the Subansiri River.

Location: Subansiri Dam is located in the Lower Subansiri district.

Built in: Subansiri Dam was built in 2008.

Water Holding Capacity: 3,000 million cubic feet

Spillway capacity: 37,600 m3/s

Purpose: Hydro Power project

# Ranganadi Dam

River: Ranganadi River is built across the Ranganadi River.

Location: Ranganadi River is located in the Lower Subansiri district.

Built-in: Ranganadi River was built in 2001.

Water Holding Capacity: 523,500,000 m3

Height: 68 m

Purpose: Hydro-Electric Project


List of Important Dams in Bihar

# Nagi Dam

River: Nagi Dam is constructed across the Nagi River.

Location: Nagi Dam is located in Jamui District of Bihar

Built in: Nagi Dam is built in 2014.

Height: 113.5

Purpose: Irrigation

# Durgawati Dam

River: Durgawati Dam is constructed across the Durgawati River.

Location: Durgawati Dam is located at Bhabhua (Kaimur District)

Built in: Durgawati Dam is built in 2014.

# Chandan Dam

River: Chandan Dam is built across the Chandan River.

Location: Chandan Dam is located at Banka District.


List of Important Dams in Chhattisgarh

# Kutaghat Dam

River: Kutaghat Dam is constructed across the Kharang River.

Location: Kutaghat Dam is located in Bilaspur District.

Built in: Kutaghat Dam was built in 1926.

# Gangrel Dam

River: Gangrel Dam is constructed across the Mahanadi River

Location: Gangrel Dam is located at Dhamtari Dist

Built in: Gangrel Dam was built in 1979

Water Holding Capacity: 1,776,000 m3

Spillway capacity: 17,230 m3/s

# Minimata (Hasdeo) Bango Dam

River: Minimata (Hasdeo) Bango Dam is constructed across Hasdeo River

Location: Minimata (Hasdeo) Bango Dam is located across Korba District.

Constructed in: Minimata (Hasdeo) Bango Dam was built in 1962.

Water Holding Capacity: 3,045 million m3

# Dudhawa Dam

River: Dudhawa Dam is constructed across the Mahanadi River.

Location: Dudhawa Dam is located in Dhamtari District.

Opening date: Dudhawa Dam is built in the year 1963-64.


List of Important Dams in Gujarat

# Sardar Sarovar Dam

River: Sardar Sarovar Dam is constructed across the Narmada River

Location: Sardar Sarovar Dam is located at Navagam, Tapi district

Opening Date: Sardar Sarovar Dam is opened on 17 September 2017

Water Holding Capacity: 5.8 km3

Spillway capacity: 84,949 m3/s

# Ukai Dam

River: Ukai Dam is constructed across the Tapti River

Location: Ukai Dam is located in Surat district and Tapi district

Built in: Ukai Dam is built in 1971

Water Holding Capacity: 7,414 m3

Spillway capacity: 46,269 m3/s

# Dantiwada Dam

River: Dantiwada Dam is constructed across the Banas River

Location: Dantiwada Dam is located in Banaskantha district

Opening date: Dantiwada Dam was opened for the first time in 1965.

Water Holding Capacity: 464 Mm3

Spillway capacity: 7504 m3/s

# Kamleshwar Dam

River: Kamleshwar Dam is constructed across the Hiran River

Location: Kamleshwar Dam is located in Junagadh district

Opening date: Kamleshwar Dam is opened for the first time in 1959

Water Holding Capacity: 447,000 m3

# Kandana Dam

River: Kandana Dam is constructed across the Mahi River

Location: Kandana Dam is located in Mahisagar district

Opening date: Kandana Dam was opened for the first time in 1989

Water Holding Capacity: 1,203,000,000 m3


List of Important Dams in Punjab

# Bhakra Nangal Dam

River: Bhakra Nangal Dam is constructed across the Sutlej River

Location: Bhakra Nangal Dam is situated at Rupnagar.

Opening date: Bhakra Nangal Dam was opened for the first time in 1963

Water Holding Capacity: 9.340 km3

# Ranjit Sagar (Thein) Dam

River: Ranjit Sagar (Thein) Dam was constructed across the Ravi River

Location: Ranjit Sagar (Thein) Dam is located at Gurdaspur

Built in: Ranjit Sagar (Thein) Dam was built in 2001

Water Holding Capacity: 3,280,000,000 m3

Spillway capacity: 24,600 m3/s


List of Important in Himachal Pradesh

# Chamera Dam

River: Chamera Dam was constructed across the Ravi River

Location: Chamera Dam is located in Chamba district

Built in: Chamera Dam was built in 2010

Water Holding Capacity: 110 MCN

# Maharana Pratap Sagar Dam

River: Maharana Pratap Sagar Dam was constructed across the Beas River

Location: Maharana Pratap Sagar Dam is located at Kangra district

Built in: Maharana Pratap Sagar Dam was built in 1975

Water Holding Capacity: 8,570 million cubic meters

# Pandoh Dam

River: Pandoh Dam is constructed across the Beas River

Location: Pandoh Dam is located in Mandi district

Opening date: Pandoh Dam was opened for the first time in 1977

Water Holding Capacity: 1,580,000 m3

Spillway capacity: 9,940 m3/s


List of Important Dams in Jammu & Kashmir

# Uri Dam

River: Uri Dam is constructed across the Jhelum River

Location: Uri Dam is located in Baramulla district

Built in: Uri Dam was built for the first time in 1989

# Shahpurkandi Dam

River: Shahpurkandi Dam is constructed across the Ravi River

Location: Shahpurkandi Dam is located in Pathankot district

Built in: Shahpurkandi Dam was built for the first time in 2014

# Baglihar Dam

River: Baglihar Dam is constructed across the Chenab River

Location: Baglihar Dam is located in Ramban district

Opening date:  Baglihar Dam was opened for the first time in 2008

Water Holding Capacity: 32,560,000 m3

Spillway capacity: 16,500 m3/s


List of Important Dams in Jharkhand

# Panchet Dam

River: Panchet Dam is constructed across the Damodar River

Location: Panchet Dam is located in Dhanbad district

Built in:  Panchet Dam is established in 1959

Water Holding Capacity: 1498 million m3

Spillway capacity: 17850 m³/s

# Konar Dam

River: Konar Dam is constructed across the Konar River

Location: Konar Dam is located in Hazaribagh District, Jharkhand

Built in: Konar Dam was built in 1955

# Tenughat Dam

River: Tenughat Dam is constructed across the Damodar River

Location: Tenughat Dam is located in Bokaro district

Built in: Tenughat Dam was built in 1974

Water Holding Capacity: 6,300 AC feet


List of Important Dams in Karnataka

# Linganamakki Dam

River: Linganamakki Dam is constructed across the Sharavathi

Location: Linganamakki Dam is located in Shimoga district

Built in: Linganamakki Dam was built in 1964

Water Holding Capacity:  4.4 km3

# Supa Dam

River: Supa Dam is built across The Kali River

Location: Supa Dam is located in Uttara Kannada district

Built in: Supa Dam was constructed in 1987

Water Holding Capacity: 4.20 km3

# Tungabhadra Dam

River: Tungabhadra Dam is built across the Tungabhadra River

Location: Tungabhadra Dam is located in Ballari district

Built in: Tungabhadra Dam was constructed in the year 1953

Water Holding Capacity: 3.7  km3

# Almatti Dam

River: Almatti Dam is constructed across the Krishna River.

Location: Almatti Dam is located in Bijapur district

Built in: Almatti Dam was constructed in the year 1999

Water Holding Capacity: 3.5 km3

# Bhadra Dam

River: Bhadra Dam is constructed across the Bhadra river

Location: Bhadra Dam is located in Chikkamagaluru district

Built in: Bhadra Dam was built in 1965

Water Holding Capacity: 2 km3

# Raja Lakhamagowda dam

River: Raja Lakhamagowda dam is built across the Ghataprabha river

Location: Raja Lakhamagowda Dam is located in Belgaum district

Built in: Raja Lakhamagowda dam was constructed in 1977

Water Holding Capacity: 1.5 km3


List of Important Dams in Kerala

# Chimmony Dam

River: Chimmony Dam was constructed across the Kurumali River

Location:  Chimmony Dam is located in Thrissur district

Built in: Chimmony Dam was built in the year 1996

# Idukki Dam

River: Idukki Dam was built across the Periyar River

Location: Idukki Dam is located in Idukki district

Built in: Idukki Dam was constructed in 1973

Water Holding Capacity: 1450×106 m3

# Thenmala Dam

River: The Kallada dam was constructed across the Kallada River

Location: Kallada River is located in Kollam city

Built-in: Kallada River was built in 1986

Water Holding Capacity: 507 ×106 m3

# Malampuzha Dam

River: Malampuzha Dam was constructed across the Bharathapuzha River

Location: Malampuzha Dam is located at Palakkad city

Built in:  Malampuzha Dam was built in the year 1955

Water Holding Capacity: 225 Mm3

# Kakki Dam

River: Kakki dam was built across the Pamba River

Location: Kakki Dam is located in Pathanamthitta district

Built in: this dam was built in 1966

Water Holding Capacity: 0.4 km3


List of Important Dams in Madhya Pradesh

# Bansagar Dam

River: Bansagar Dam was constructed across the Son

Location: Bansagar Dam is located in the Shahdol district

Built in: Bansagar Dam was built in the year 2006

Water Holding Capacity: 5.4 km3

# Bargi Dam

River: Bargi Dam was constructed across the Narmada River

Location: Bargi Dam is located in the Jabalpur District

Built in: Bargi Dam was built in 1988

# Indirasagar Dam

River: Indirasagar Dam was created across the Narmada River

Location: Indirasagar Dam is located in the Khandwa district

Built in: Indirasagar Dam was built in 2005

Water Holding Capacity: 9.5 KM3

# Gandhi Sagar Dam

River: Gandhi Sagar Dam was constructed across the river Chambal

Location: Gandhi Sagar Dam is located in Mandsaur District,

Built in: Gandhi Sagar Dam was built in 1960

Water Holding Capacity: 7.31 KM3

# Omkareshwar Dam

River: Omkareshwar Dam is constructed across the Narmada River

Location: Omkareshwar Dam is located in Khandwa district,

Built in: Omkareshwar Dam was created in 2007

Water Holding Capacity: 27,877 m3

# Kolar Dam

River: Kolar Dam is constructed across the Kolar river

Location: Kolar Dam is located in Nagpur district

Built in: Kolar Dam was built in 1984

Water Holding Capacity: 1,085 km3

# Barna Dam

River: Barna Dam is constructed across the Barna River

Location: Barna Dam is located in Raisen district

Built in: Barna Dam was built in 1978

Water Holding Capacity: 0.5 km3


List of Important Dams in Maharastra

# Hetwane Dam

River: Hetwane Dam is constructed across the river Bhogeshwari

Location: Hetwane Dam is located in Raigad district

Built in: Hetwane Dam was built in 2000

Water Holding Capacity: 137,620 km3

# Jayakwadi Dam

River: Jayakwadi Dam is constructed across the Godavari river

Location: Jayakwadi Dam is located at Aurangabad and Jalna district

Built in: Jayakwadi Dam was built in 1976

Water Holding Capacity: 3 km3

# Gose Khurd Dam

River: Gose Khurd Dam was constructed across the river Wainganga

Location: Gose Khurd Dam is located in Bhandara District

Built in: Gose Khurd Dam was built in 1984

Water Holding Capacity: 750×106 m3

# Bhatsa Dam

River: Bhatsa Dam is constructed across the Bhatsa river

Location: Bhatsa Dam is located in Thane district

Built in: Bhatsa Dam was built in 1983

Water Holding Capacity: 9.40 km3

# Mahamadwadi Dam

River: Mahamadwadi Dam was constructed across the Gad river

Location: Mahamadwadi Dam is located in Sindhudurg district

Built in: Mahamadwadi Dam was built in 2012

Water Holding Capacity: 9 km3

# Veer Baaji Pasalkar Dam or Varasgaon Dam

River: Veer Baaji Pasalka dam is constructed across the Mosi river

Location: Veer Baaji Pasalka dam is located at Pune city

Built in: Veer Baaji Pasalka was built in 1976


List of Important Dams in Odisha

# Hirakud Dam

River: Hirakud Dam is constructed across the Mahanadi River

Location: Hirakud Dam is located in Sambalpur city

Built in: Hirakud Dam was built in 1957

Water Holding Capacity: 5.8 km3

# Rengali Dam

River: Rengali Dam is constructed across the Brahmani River

Location: Rengali Dam is located in Angul district

Built in: Rengali Dam was built in 1975

Water Holding Capacity: 4,400 million m3

# Balimela Reservoir

River: Balimela Reservoir is constructed across the Sileru River

Location: Balimela Reservoir is located in Malkangiri district

Built in: Balimela Reservoir was built in 1988

Water Holding Capacity: 2.66 km3

# Jalaput Dam

River: Jalaput Dam is constructed across the Machkund River

Location: Jalaput Dam is located in Visakhapatnam District

Built in: Jalaput Dam was built in 2000

Water Holding Capacity: 1 km3


List of Important Dams in Rajasthan

# Gandhi Sagar Dam

River: Gandhi Sagar Dam is constructed across the Chambal River

Location: Gandhi Sagar Dam is located in Neemuch districts

Built in: Gandhi Sagar Dam was built in 1960

Water Holding Capacity: 7.3 km3

# Rana Pratap Sagar Dam

River: Rana Pratap Sagar Dam is constructed across the Chambal River

Location: Rana Pratap Sagar Dam is located in Chittorgarh District,

Built in: Rana Pratap Sagar Dam was built in 1970

Water Holding Capacity: 1.56 km3

# Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam

River: Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam is constructed across the Mahi River

Location: Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam is located in Banswara district

Built in: Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam was built in 1983

Water Holding Capacity: 2.05 km3

# Bisalpur Dam

River: Bisalpur Dam is constructed across the Banas River

Location: Bisalpur Dam is located in Tonk district

Built in: Bisalpur Dam was built in 1999

Water Holding Capacity: 1.05 km3


List of Important Dams in Tamil Nadu

# Mettur Dam

River: Mettur Dam is constructed across the Kaveri River.

Location: Mettur Dam is located in Salem District

Built in: Mettur Dam was built in 1934

Water Holding Capacity: 2.65 km3

# Bhavanisagar dam

River: Bhavanisagar dam is constructed across the Bhavani river

Location: Bhavanisagar dam is located in Erode distric

Built in: Bhavanisagar Dam was built in 1955

Water Holding Capacity: 0.9 km3

# Vaigai Dam

River: Vaigai Dam is constructed across the Vaigai River

Location: Vaigai Dam is located in Theni district

Built in: Vaigai Dam was built in 1959

Water Holding Capacity: 0.17 km3


List of Important Dams in Telangana

# Sriram Sagar Project

River: Sriram Sagar Project is built across the river Godavari

Location: Sriram Sagar Project is located in Nizamabad district

Built in: Sriram Sagar Project was built in 1977

Water Holding Capacity: 3.2 km3

# Singur Dam

River: Singur Dam is constructed across the Manjira river

Location: Singur Dam is located in Sangareddy district

Built in: Singur Dam was built in 1998

Water Holding Capacity: 2.5 km3

# Sripada Yellampalli project

River: Sripada Yellampalli project is created across the Godavari River

Location: Sripada Yellampalli project is located in Peddapalli district

Built in: Sripada Yellampalli project was created in 2016

Water Holding Capacity: 0.58 km3

# Lower Manair Dam

River: Lower Manair Dam is constructed across the Manair River

Location: Lower Manair Dam is located in Karimnagar District,

Built in: Lower Manair Dam was built in 1985

Water Holding Capacity: 0.7 km3

# Mid Manair Dam

River: Mid Manair Dam is constructed across the Manair River

Location: Mid Manair Dam is located in Rajanna Sircilla district,

Built in: Mid Manair Dam was built in 2005

Water Holding Capacity: 0.73 km3


List of Important Dams in Uttarakhand

# Lakhwar Dam

River: Lakhwar Dam is constructed across the Yamuna river

Location: Lakhwar Dam is located in Dehradun district

Built in: Lakhwar Dam was built in 1987

Water Holding Capacity: 0.69 km3

# Tehri Dam

River: Tehri Dam is constructed across the Bhagirathi River

Location: Tehri Dam is located in Tehri Garhwal District

Built in: Tehri Dam was built in 2006

Water Holding Capacity: 4 km3

# Koteshwar Dam

River: Koteshwar Dam is constructed across the Bhagirathi River

Location: Koteshwar Dam is located in Tehri District

Built in: Koteshwar Dam was built in 2011

Water Holding Capacity: 88,800,000 m3


List of Important Dams in Uttar Pradesh

# Rihand Dam

River: Rihand Dam is constructed across the Rihand River

Location: Rihand Dam is located in Sonbhadra District

Built in: Rihand Dam was built in 1962

Water Holding Capacity: 10.5 billion cubic meters

# Matatila Dam

River: Matatila Dam is constructed across the Betwa River

Location: Matatila Dam is located in district Lalitpur

Built in: Matatila Dam was built in 1958

# Dhanraul Dam

River: Dhanraul Dam is constructed across the river Ghagha

Location: Dhanraul Dam is located in Sonbhadra district

Built in: Dhanraul Dam was built in 1917


List of Important Dams in West Bengal

# Durgapur Barrage

River: Durgapur Barrage is constructed across the Damodar River

Location: Durgapur Barrage is located in Bankura district & Paschim Bardhaman district

Built in: Durgapur Barrage was built in 1955

# Farakka Barrage

River: Farakka Barrage is constructed across the Ganges River

Location: Farakka Barrage is located in Murshidabad district

Built in: Farakka Barrage was built in 1972

# Panchet Dam

River: Panchet Dam is constructed across the Damodar River

Location: Panchet Dam is located in Purulia and Dhanbad district

Built in: Panchet Dam was built in 1959

Water Holding Capacity: 1497.5 million m3

# Mukutmanipur Dam

River: Mukutmanipur Dam is constructed across the Kangsabati River

Location: Mukutmanipur Dam is located in Bankura district

Built in: Mukutmanipur Dam was built in 1956.


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