Peechi Dam

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Peechi Dam
Peechi Dam.jpg
Shutters of Peechi Dam
Peechi Dam is located in India
Peechi Dam
Location of Peechi Dam in India
Peechi Dam is located in Kerala
Peechi Dam
Peechi Dam (Kerala)
Peechi Dam is located in Tamil Nadu
Peechi Dam
Peechi Dam (Tamil Nadu)
Official namePeechi Dam
LocationPeechi, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Coordinates10°31′48″N 76°22′12″E / 10.530°N 76.370°E / 10.530; 76.370Coordinates: 10°31′48″N 76°22′12″E / 10.530°N 76.370°E / 10.530; 76.370
Construction began1947
Opening date1957
Operator(s)Irrigation Department, Kerala
Dam and spillways
Height49.8 metre
Length213 metre
Width (base)4.27 metre
Reservoir
CreatesManali River
Capacity: tmc ft.

Peechi Dam is situated 22 km (14 mi) outside Thrissur city in Kerala, India. The dam was started as an irrigation project for the surrounding villages in Thrissur. At the same time, it catered the drinking water needs of the population of Thrissur City. It serves as an irrigation dam, reaching out to the paddy fields in and around Thrissur city. Built across the Manali River, the dam has a catchment area of nearly 3,200 acres (1,300 ha). Elephants may be seen on the bank of Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1958 covering 125 square kilometres (48 sq mi).

History[edit]

Entrance of Peechi Dam

E. Ikkanda Warrier (1890–1977), the first Prime Minister of the then independent state of Kochi, India, was the architect of Peechi Dam. Majority of the Thrissukkar opposed the dam cutting across the partyline. He brought a retired Chief Engineer from Andhra Pradesh to build the dam as engineers from Kerala opposed the project. The dam was completed in 1959. Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, first Kerala Governor on October 4, 1957 inaugurated the dam.[1]


A view of Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary from Peechi Dam

Statistics[edit]

  • One of the oldest dams in Kerala
  • Type of Dam: Concrete Straight Gravity

Education[edit]

See also[edit]

Contractor: Mr N O Inasu, Nadakkavukaran .

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peechi Dam is full". Malayala Manorama. 10 July 2013.