Amaravathi Dam

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Amaravathi Dam
Amaravathi Dam.jpg
Official name Amaravathi Dam
Location Amaravathinagar in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, UdumalpetCoimbatore district, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 10°24.64′N 77°15.6′E / 10.41067°N 77.2600°E / 10.41067; 77.2600Coordinates: 10°24.64′N 77°15.6′E / 10.41067°N 77.2600°E / 10.41067; 77.2600
Opening date 1957
Dam and spillways
Impounds Amaravati River
Reservoir
Creates Amaravathi Reservoir

Amaravathi Dam at Amaravathinagar, 25 km south on SH 17 from Udumalpet, is located in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu, India. The 9.31 km², 33.53 m deep[1] Amaravathi Reservoir was created by this steep dam. It was built primarily for irrigation and flood control and now also has 4 megawatts of electric generating capacity installed. It is notable for the significant population of Mugger Crocodiles living in its reservoir and catchment basin.

History[edit]

The dam was built in 1957 during K. Kamaraj's administration across the Amaravati River about 25 km upstream and south from Thirumoorthy Dam. Capacity of the dam has shrunk 25% from 4 tmcft to 3 tmcft due to siltation of the reservoir.[2] during 2003-04, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board proposed to install 4 MW electric generating capacity from the dam,[3] which is now in operation.

Tourism[edit]

There is a well laid-out park where one may climb steep steps on the dam to have a picturesque view north of the plains below and south to the Anaimalai Hills and Palni Hills above.[4] Boating for tourists in the dam began on 14 January 2011.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Government of Tamil Nadu, Reservoir Position
  2. ^ "Farmers worried over low water level" The Hindu, 16 February 2007 GunasekaranM[]
  3. ^ Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission, Annual Plan, Chapter 11 Infrastructure Development & Tourism, 2004 [1]
  4. ^ Photo of Park
  5. ^ "சுற்றுலாப் படகு போக்குவரத்து துவக்கம்". Dina Mani. 14 Jan 2011. Retrieved 16 Jan 2011. 

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