Odisha Hydro Power Corporation Ltd.

A Gold rated State PSU( A Govt. of Odisha Undertaking )

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Welcome To Hirakud Hydro Electric Project

Hirakud Power System: I (Burla)
  • Location: 15 Kms. from Sambalpur
  • No. of Units: 7 (Seven)
  • Name of the Dam: Straight Edged Earth Dam
  • Installed capacity 287.8 MW
  • Height of Dam 80.96 meter
  • Average Annual Inflow: 36.750 illion Cum

Hirakud Dam Project is a multipurpose scheme intended for flood control, irrigation and power generation. The dam is built across river Mahanadi at about 15 km upstream of Sambalpur town in the state of Odisha. This is one of the oldest hydel projects of India, being the first post-independence major multi purpose river valley project in the country. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone in 1948. The dam is located at a distance of 6 km from national High way no. 6. The nearest rail head is Hirakud Railway Station which is at a distance of 8 km from the dam site.

The project provides 1,55,635 hectares of Kharif and 1,08,385 ha of Rabi irrigation in the districts of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir and Subarnapur. The water released through the power house irrigates further 4,36,000 ha of C.C.A in Mahanadi Delta. The installed capacity for power generation is 359.8 MW through its two power houses at Burla, at the right bank and Chiplima, at 22 km down stream of Dam. Besides, the project provides flood protection to 9500 sq. km of delta area in districts of Cuttack and Puri.

Brief History of the project

After high floods of 1937, Er. M. Visveswaraya gave proposal for detail investigation for storage reservoirs in Mahanadi basin to tackle problem of flood in Mahanadi delta. The multi purpose Hirakud Dam project is the first stage of the plan of Dr. Ajodhya Nath Khosla, the then Governor of Odisha. The commissioning of Unit III of Burla Power House was completed on 18.12 56. The project was formally inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 13th January 1957.

Project Cost

The completed cost of the project is RS. 100.02 crores (in 1957)