Home General Studies Geography of India

"Major Dams in India" - related River name and State

news-details Image Source May 01, 2021 19:25 IST · 2 min read

A dam is a structure built across a river or stream to hold back water. Dams are mainly built in order to produce electricity by using water, this form of electricity is known as hydroelectricity.

India has 4,407 large dams, the third highest number in the world after China (23,841) and the USA (9,263).

Tehri Dam in Uttarakhand is the highest dam in India built on Bhagirathi river.

Hirakud Dam in Odisha built on river Mahanadi is the longest dam of India.

Kallanai Dam in Tamil Nadu is the oldest dam of India. It is built on the Kaveri river and is about 2000 years old.

Image Source

Dam State River
Bhavani Sagar dam Tamil Nadu Bhavani
Tungabhadra Dam Karnataka Tungabhadra
Rihand Dam Uttar Pradesh Rihand
Maithon Dam Jharkhand Barakar
Koyna Dam Maharashtra Koyna
Bisalpur Dam Rajasthan Banas
Mettur Dam Tamil Nadu Kaveri
Krishnarajasagar Dam Karnataka Kaveri
Indira Sagar Dam Madhya Pradesh Narmada
Cheruthoni Dam Kerala Cheruthoni
Sardar Sarovar Dam Gujarat Narmada
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam Telangana Krishna
Hirakud dam Odisha Mahanadi
Bhakra Nangal Dam Punjab-Himachal Pradesh Border Sutlej
Tehri Dam Uttarakhand Bhagirathi


World Commission on Dams (WCD)

The WCD is a global multi-stakeholder body established by the World Bank and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 1998 to investigate the effectiveness and performance of large dams around the world.

Popular in Geography of India