India has made extensive infrastructural development in the post independence period, with a large number of roads, bridges, dams and much more, being built in all parts of the country. It has some major dams which have been built for the purpose of irrigation as well as generation of hydro electricity, and they are rightly considered as constructional marvels for the country.
Here is a list of top 10 highest dams in India ever:
10. Chamera I Dam
Chamera I Dam in Himachal Pradesh lies at the height of 140 m, making it one of the highest in the country. Completed in 1994, the dam lies over River Ravi and provides for the need of hydro electricity in the area.
9. Baglihar Dam
Featuring next on the list of top 10 highest dams in India ever is the Baglihar Dam, a hydro electric dam built in 2009 over River Chenab in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The height of this dam is 143 m.
8. Ranjit Sagar Dam
Sharing the spot with the last entry, with the same height of 145 km is the famous Ranjit Sagar Dam in the state of Punjab. It was built in 1999 over River Ravi and is also 145 m high. The multipurpose dam is meant to serve the functions of irrigation, production of hydro electricity and flood control.
7. Srisailam (NSRSP) Dam
Srisailam (NSRSP) Dam is a hydro electricity and irrigation project constructed over River Krishna in Telangana state and it dates back to 1984. The total height of this dam is 145 m.
6. Sardar Sarovar Gujarat Dam
Another under construction dam to be included in the list of top 10 highest dams in India is the Sardar Sarovar Gujarat Dam, irrigation cum hydro electric dam which is being made over River Narmada. The dam will reach a height of 163 m once it is completed.
5. Pakal Dul Dam
Pakal Dul Dam is a hydro electric project which is under construction River Marusudar in the Indus basin in Jammu and Kashmir. It will be at the height of 167 m, which makes it the fifth highest in the country.
4. Bhakra Dam
Next on this list is the famous Bhakra Dam, which was built in 1963 over River Sutlej in the basin of River Indus in Himachal Pradesh. This multipurpose project was meant to fulfill the needs of irrigation, recreation and hydro electricity and is 167.64 m in height.
3. Idukki Arch Dam
The Idukki Arch Dam, which is 169 m high dam, lies over River Periyar in the state of Kerala. The hydroelectric project was completed and put into use a long time back, in year 1974.
2. Lakhwar Dam
The second name on the list of top 10 highest dams in India ever is that of Lakhwar Dam, an under construction dam, which is going to stand over River Yamuna in the Ganga basin in Uttarakhand. This proposed irrigation cum hydro electric project will be 204 m high on completion.
1. Tehri Dam
The famous Tehri Dam built in 2005 over the Bhagirathi River in Ganga basin is the highest in the country. It is located in the state of Uttarakhand and is at a height of 260.5 m.
All these dams are true wonders of the economic and infrastructural improvement that has been witnessed by the country.