Murrum Silli Dam

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Murrum Silli Dam
Murrum Silli Dam is located in Chhattisgarh
Murrum Silli Dam
Location of Murrum Silli Dam in India Chhattisgarh
Country India
Location Dhamtari District
Coordinates 20°32′17″N 81°39′42″E / 20.53806°N 81.66167°E / 20.53806; 81.66167Coordinates: 20°32′17″N 81°39′42″E / 20.53806°N 81.66167°E / 20.53806; 81.66167
Status Operational
Construction began 1914
Opening date 1923
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, earth-fill
Impounds Sillari River
Height 34.15 m (112 ft)
Length 2,591 m (8,501 ft)
Dam volume 1,619,000 m3 (2,117,572 cu yd)
Spillway capacity 1,132 m3/s (39,976 cu ft/s)
Total capacity 165,340,000 m3 (216,256,555 cu yd)
Active capacity 161,913,000 m3 (211,774,209 cu yd)
Surface area 25 km2 (10 sq mi)[1]

The Murrum Silli Dam, also spelled Madam Silli and Mordem Silli, is an earth-fill embankment dam on the Sillari River, a tributary of the Mahanadi River. It is located in Dhamtari District of Chhattisgarh. Built between 1914 and 1923, it is the first dam in Asia to have Siphon Spillways. Madamsilli is about 95 km from Raipur.It is one of the most prominent architectural marvels in Chhattisgarh. Its primary purpose is irrigation.[2]

On 3 June 1929 R.S. Rajendranath Sur ( Govt.Civil Engineer, Central province ) was awarded by his majesty of Britain with the title of "Rai Saheb" for his exemplary works on (Murrum silli Dam, Dhamtari Dist, Near Raipur)


  1. ^ "National Register for Large Dams" (PDF). India: Central Water Commission. 2009. pp. 194–197. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
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