Maithan Dam, Dhanbad

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The Maithon Dam is located at Maithon, 48 km from Dhanbad, in the state of Jharkhand. It is 15712ft long and 165ft. high.
This dam was specially designed for flood control and generates 60,000 kW of electric power. There is an underground power station, the first of its kind in the whole of South East Asia. The dam is constructed on the Barakar River. The lake is spread over 65km2.
DVC is the first-ever multipurpose river valley project of independent India which came into being on July 7, 1948 by an act of Constituent Assembly . DVC has its command area of approx 24,235 km² spreading across the Damodar basin. The upper valley consists of two entire districts and eight districts partly in the state of Jharkhand. The lower valley on the other hand consists of five districts partly in the state of West Bengal.
DVC was set up with the intent of promoting and operating the schemes which may cause social and economic uplift in the valley region. The difficult but effective water management by the corporation has turned the devastating river Damodar from a "River of Sorrow" to a "River of opportunities".
Proficient management of water resources through dams, canals and barage, DVC facilitated irrigation as well as industrial and domestic water supply which at large benefited the region as a whole. DVC has been generating, transmitting & distributing electrical energy since 1953 and has succeeded not only in meeting the expectation of consumers but has also elevated its height in its performance.The full form of DVC is Damodar valley corporation and since it uses its main source of water from the Damodar dam it is named so.
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  • This dam is built on river Damodar and like all other hydel projects its purpose is to generate hydro electric power and provide water for irrigation. This is a project of the DVC. This place is frequ...  more »
  • The site of Maithan dam is amazing. With many gates, the dam look beautiful. During monsoon season the waters of the river Damodar are restricted and only certain amount is allowed to flow onto the su...  more »
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