Dams are useful in the Indian economy in terms of power generation, irrigation and flood prevention. We are providing you a list of all the important dams in India in the table below.

S. No.DamsPower Generation CapacityHeightState
1Sardar Sarovar Dam1,450 MW535 FtGujarat
2Bhakra Dam1,325 MW740 FtHimachal Pradesh
3Pong Dam396 MW436 FtHimachal Pradesh
4Nathpa Dam1,500 MW205 FtHimachal Pradesh
5Chamera Dam1071 MW741 FtHimachal Pradesh
6Baglihar Dam900 MW472 FtJammu & Kashmir
7Tungabhadra Dam72 MW162 FtKarnataka
8Idukki Dam780 MW554 FtKerala
9Bansagar Dam425 MW220 FtMadhya Pradesh
10Indirasagar Dam1,000 MW302 FtMadhya Pradesh
11Koyna Dam1,960 MW339 FtMaharashtra
12Hirakud Dam347.5 MW200 FtOrissa
13Rana Pratap Sagar Dam172 MW177 FtRajasthan
14Rangit Dam60 MW148 FtSikkim
15Bhavanisagar Dam1,920 MW105 FtTamil Nadu
16Mettur Dam840 MW120 FtTamil Nadu
17Mullaperiyar Dam175 MW176 FtKerala
18Nagarjuna Sagar Dam816 MW407 FtTelangana, Andhra Pradesh
19Srisailam Dam1,670 MW476 FtTelangana, Andhra Pradesh
20Tehri Dam2,400 MW855 FtUttarakhand

Here are some interesting facts about dams in India

  • 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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