digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















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

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rihand_Dam — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
402 videos foundNext > 

Rihand Dam All Gates Opened



Narora Dam, Ganga.AVI

This video shows Narora Dam ( Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh ) build on Ganga River. We shot this video on a rowing boat.

Rihand Dam.mp4

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 v...

Rihand dam renukoot.singham

Rihand Dam Renukut Sonebhadra Date:10.09.2011

View of Renukoot's Rihand Dam

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 ...

Rihand Dam Renukut Sonebhadra Date 10 09 2011

rihand dam (sadar gobind balabh pant sagar)

all 13 gates are opened just looking awesome.

402 videos foundNext > 

45 news items

Times of India
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:03:45 -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
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 ...

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 ...
Times of India
Wed, 07 May 2014 02:57:09 -0700

"Jawaharlal Nehru gave Rihand dam and cement factory, Indiraji gave Sone lift canal and Kanhar projects for irrigation, and Rajiv Gandhi gifted NTPC to the district," he said adding that the region produces 10,000 MW power, but people hardly get 6-8 ...
Times of India (blog)
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 23:56:45 -0700

... have camped inside the forests for a month, picking Mahua flowers scattered on the ground,” says Bhajandhari, a 40-year-old farmer, whose grandfather came to Budher after being displaced from Shaktinagar because of the Rihand Dam in the 1960s.
The Hindu
Sat, 03 Sep 2011 04:48:45 -0700

To understand what she had to say, it was important to get into the history of these 16 villages which were first displaced due to the construction of the Rihand Dam in the 1960s and then subsequently when a public sector undertaking set up its ...
Mon, 12 Nov 2012 01:42:39 -0800

The story of the rise of the region - two contiguous districts of Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh and Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh - on the power map of India began 50 years ago with the construction of the Rihand dam. Then came the extraction of its massive ...
Mon, 26 Sep 2011 01:35:38 -0700

The flood situation in the state has worsened due to heavy discharge of water into Sone river from Bansagar dam in MP, Rihand dam in UP and Muhammadganj dam in Jharkhand, Bihar Water Resources Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary told rediff.com.

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight