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Rihand Dam
Rihand Dam is located in Uttar Pradesh
Rihand Dam
Location of Rihand Dam
Coordinates 24°12′9″N 83°0′29″E / 24.20250°N 83.00806°E / 24.20250; 83.00806Coordinates: 24°12′9″N 83°0′29″E / 24.20250°N 83.00806°E / 24.20250; 83.00806
Construction began 1954
Opening date 1962
Dam and spillways
Height 91 m (299 ft)
Length 934 m (3,064 ft)
Total capacity 10.6 billion cubic metres
Active capacity 8.9 billion cubic metres
Inactive capacity 1.7 billion cubic metres
Catchment area 5,148 km2 (1,988 sq mi)
Power station
Turbines 6 x 50 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 300 MW[1]

Rihand Dam (Hindi: रिहन्द बांध) is a concrete gravity dam located at Pipri in Sonbhadra District in Uttar Pradesh, India. Its reservoir area is on the border of Madhya pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. This reservoir is known as Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar. It is on the Rihand River which is the tributary of the Son River. The catchment area of this dam is spread in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh whereas it supplies irrigation water in Bihar located in the downstream of the river.


Rihand dam is a concrete gravity dam with a length of 934.21 m. The maximum height of the dam is 91.44 m and was constructed during period 1954-62. The dam comprises 61 independent blocks and ground joints. The powerhouse is situated at the toe of the dam, with installed capacity of 300 MW (6 units of 50 MW each). The Intake Structure is situated between blocks no. 28 to 33. The Dam is in distress condition. It is proposed to carry out the rehabilitation works in the dam and the powerhouse. The F.R.L. of the dam is 268.22 m and it impounds 8.6 Million Acreft of water. It is one of the biggest reservoir by its gross storage capacity in India but sufficient water is not flowing in to the reservoir.

Many super thermal power stations are located in the catchment area of the dam. These are Singrauli, Vindyachal, Rihand, Anpara & Sasan super thermal power stations and Renukoot thermal station. The high alkalinity run off water from the ash dumps (some are located in the reservoir area) of these coal fired power stations ultimately collects in this reservoir enhancing its water alkalinity and pH. Using high alkalinity water for irrigation converts the agriculture fields in to fallow Alkali soils.[2] The construction of the dam resulted in forced relocation of nearly 100,000 people [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rihand Power Station, Pipri, District : Sonebhadra (UP)". UPDESCO. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Monitoring the contamination in the Rihand reservoir". Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  3. ^ B. Terminski, Development-Induced Displacement: Theoretical Frameworks and Current Challenges, Geneva, 2013

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Rihand Dam All Gates Opened

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Many of us have studied abt Rihand Dam in school, I live abt 8 kms frm the place..... this year the dam opened after a long duration of 8 years...... wat a view!!!!

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11448up hwh-jabalpur shaktipunj Exp. passing Rihand river near Obera dam in UP..it is somrwhere near between the border of MP and UP..in background power plant can be seen..power of train ...

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Rihand Dam 13 gates open

the Rihand Dam opened all the gates to let out the water accumulated in the reservoir after 13 years. The plume of spray traveled over 200 meters and soaked me to the skin!

View of Renukoot's Rihand Dam

Rihand Dam Renukut Sonebhadra Date:10.09.2011

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33 news items

Times of India
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:41:15 -0700

PATNA: Bihar government has requested the Madhya Pradesh and UP governments to release its quota of water from Bansagar and Rihand dams, respectively, as farms in Bihar falling under Sone command area have dried up. Water resources department ...


Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:54:28 -0800

Seen from the air, Govind Ballabh, among India's largest man-made lakes, is a placid expanse of scenic green, stretching more than 30 miles southwest from the towering ramparts of the Rihand Dam. Leggy storks and shorebirds forage its banks. Carp and ...


Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:13:07 -0800

And while the ministry took the view that Singrauli needed to preserve its last standing forest of sal trees and that more mining activity would adversely affect the two perennial rivers and the Rihand Dam, both the then PMO and Group of Ministers ...
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:56:31 -0700

The story of Sonbhadra's rise on the power map of India began in 1962 with the construction of the Rihand dam and the subsequent extraction of its massive one billion tonne of coal reserve and limestone hummock. The ready availability of power lured ...
Times of India
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:56:15 -0800

Varanasi: Varanasi and other parts of eastern UP were often visited by the first Prime Minister of the country Jawaharlal Nehru before and after independence but the city has no memorial of the builder of the modern India. However, there is a Nehru ...

Times of India

Times of India
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:29:41 -0700

Good idea. Next time probably they will open the flood gates of Rihand dam to sweep you down to the bay of Bengal. Good to read such beautiful news knowing India do have such type of non-nuclear WMDs (Weapons of Mulla Destruction). 2 2 • Reply • Flag ...

The Week

The Week
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:45:00 -0700

In 1952, the villagers were relocated for a hydel project in Rihand dam. They were resettled on the northern edge of the dam. But they were again displaced in 1965, when Northern Coalfields Ltd started mining there. Again in 1980, they were forced to ...


Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:30:00 -0800

Candidates who are preparing for the Civil Services Main Exam in the forthcoming year, can find out what kind of questions were asked in this exam in the year 2013. Some questions from Geography Paper II of UPSC Civil Services Main Exam 2013 are as ...

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