Hirakud Dam Sambalpur

India’s longest dam is Hirakud Dam. Constructed on Mahanadi River this is situated in Indian state Odisha. Amongst the Dams of India this definitely holds a unique position. Hirakud dam is situated near Sambalpur District of Odisha. 15 kilometres from Sambalpur this is a milestone after Independence Of the country. This is a historic Dam.  Controlling the Mahanadi River was important. For the Mahanadi delta was under devastating effects of flood. There is an existent lake behind the dam. The flowing water of the river is of no use until it is being reserved. Hence dams restrict the water of the river from flowing and store it for multiple usages. The dams are constructed on rivers also to avoid flood like situations. The Hirakud dam is more than a dam. It’s a matter of pride all together. After the Independence of India this was the first River valley project. It was a huge project. It is a landmark project that made the country proud. As a country that just got freedom, this project was a crowning project. It made India self-reliant.The free India as a country was still a child and such decisions made the country stronger. The Dam stretches over 743 sq. km. considering the area covered this is one of the biggest artificial lakes in Asia. So from the tourist point of view this dam provides good 21 km long stretch along the dykes. The length is ideal for a long drive. People can actually feel the larger than life structure. The massive and immensely beautiful water of the Dam takes your heart to the magic of water. Hydroelectricity is also generated with this project. The rainy season is breath taking as the flow of water from the gates of the dam is powerful and electrifying. Read More..

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