Pochampadu Dam - Sriram Sagar Dam

Sri Ram Sagar is a reservoir across the River Godavari near Nirmal town in Telangana, India.

The reservoir is formed by the Pochampad Dam. It was constructed to serve the farmers of Telangana. When completed, it could hold 120 Million Cubic Metres of water at its peak. Its back waters extended into the neighboring state of Maharashtra, at least 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the actual site of the dam. The present capacity of the reservoir is 88.7 Million Cubic Metres as of 2008. The reduction in capacity has been attributed to the silt that accumulated on the riverbed, a characteristic of the River Godavari.

The foundation was laid on 26 July 1963 by the late Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India.

This project is also locally known as Khustapuram dam. The Khustapuram project proposal was first mooted/investigated by erstwhile Hyderabad state under Nizam rule to utilize 227 thousand million cubic feet (tmc) of upper Godavari river water. This dam site is located in the Nizamabad district of Telangana State after the confluence of Manjira river with Godavari. Under stage I of this project nearly 1 million acres (4,000 km2) irrigation facility is created to utilize 140 tmc water. Stage II of this project is under advanced stage of construction to irrigate 440,000 acres (1,800 km2) using 25 tmc water. The flood flow canal project is also under implementation to irrigate 200,000 acres (810 km2) using 20 tmc water available at Pochampadu dam site. The live storage capacity of SS dam is limited to 90 tmc to reduce submergence area in Maharashtra up to FRL level 1,091 feet (333 m) above mean sea level as per the agreement between Maharashtra & Telangana. As of August 2013, the project has an estimated capacity of 80.66 TMC.

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