Multipurpose Projects in India

Multi-Purpose Projects
Salal  Project Chenab J&K
Dulhasti Project Chenab J&K
Nathpa Jhakri Project Sutlej HP
Bhakhra Nangal SutlejReservoir Govind Sagar HP Serves Punjab & Haryana
Tehri Dam Project Bhagirathi & Bhilangana Uttarakhand
Kosi Dam Project Kosi Nepal Serves India & Nepal
Damodar Valley Damodar West Bengal, Bihar & Jharkhand
Farakka Project Bhagirathi-Hoogly WB
Mayurakshi Project Mayurakshi tributary of Hughli rises from CNP WB
Tilaiya Project Barakar Part of Damodar valley project Jharkhand
Chambal Project Chambal – Dams : Gandhi sagar (MP), Rana Pratap sagar (Rawatbhata, Kota) &  Jawahar sagar(Kota) Rajasthan Serves MP & Rajasthan
Mahi Project Mahi (also known as Jamnalal bajaj sagar project) Banswara, Rajasthan
Rihand (Goving Ballabh Pant Sagar) Rihand River tributary of Son RiverReservoir Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar Pipri , Uttar Pradesh
Rajghat Dam Project Betwa river JV b/w MP & UP Gov.
Tawa Project Tawa a tributary of Narmada MP
Ukai Project Tapi Gujrat
Kakrapara Project Tapi Gujrat
Hirakud Dam Project Mahanadi Orissa
Machkund Project Machkund River – a tributary of Godavari river Orissa & Andhra pradesh
Poochampad Project Godavari (also known as Sri Rama Sagar Project) lifeline of Telangana
Polavaram Project Godavari AP
Nagarjuna Sagar Project Krishna Andhra Pradesh &Telangana
Koyna Project Koyna , a tributary of the Krishna River Maharashra
Srisailam krishna Andhra Pradesh
Tungabhadra Project Tungabhadra River – a tributary of the Krishna River Karnataka – Serves AP & Karnataka
Sharavati Project Sharavati – westward flowing river Karnataka
Krishna Raja Sagar Project Kaveri Karnataka
Shivasamundram Project Kaveri (Electricity to Kolar goldmines) Karnataka
Mettur Project Kaveri TN
Idukki Project Periyar & Cheruthony Kerala
Umiam Project Umiam Shillong (Meghalaya)

Damodar Valley Project

  • 1st multipurpose river valley project of independent India based on Tennessy  project of USA
  • Consist of following sub projects viz.
  • Maithon Dam
  • Panchet Dam
  • Tilaiya Dam
  • Kangsabati Dam
  • Konar Dam

Damodar Valley Project

Beas Project

  • a joint venture of the gov. of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
  • It consists of two units: (i) Beas-Sutlej Link and (ii) Beas Dam at Pong.
  • Beas-Sutlej Link for diverting some water of river Beas into Satluj through two tunnels and an open channel to generate power and to increase the storage capacity of Bhakra reservoir (Gobindsagar)
  • The Pong Dam, also known as the Beas Dam, on the Beas River in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Rajasthan (Indira Gandhi) Canal Project

  • Starts from the Harike Barrage at Sultanpur, a few kilometers below the confluence of the Sutlej and Beas rivers in Punjab state
  • An irrigation project to provide irrigation to semi-arid and arid areas of Rajasthan


Narmada Valley Project

  • Also known as Indirasagar Dam multipurpose project
  • Downstream projects are Omkareshwar, Maheshwar and Sardar Sarovar Project

Narmada Valley Project

River Interlinking Program India

The National Water Development Agency has already identified 14 links under the Himalayan Component and 16 under the one for Peninsular Rivers with priority to top 5 projects viz.

  • Ken-Betwa
  • Parbati-Kalisindh -Chambal
  • Damanganga-Pinjal
  • Par-Tapi-Narmada
  • Godavari (Polavaram)-Krishna (Vijayawada)


The Himalayan Interlinking Rivers – 14

River Interlinking Himalaya Rivers

The Peninsular Interlinking Rivers – 16

Peninsular River Interlinking

Objectives of River Interlinking Project
  • To diminish water scarcity in western and peninsular India
  • To help in irrigation and storage as a large part of Indian agriculture is rainfall dependent
  • To mitigate droughts and floods
  • To reduce diversity between the water surplus and water scarce parts of India
  • Will create employment
  • Will help in socio – economic development of people
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