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Andhra Pradesh Singur Dam
Singur dam was constructed in Sangareddy area of the Medak district of Andhra Pradesh. During the construction, this dam was intended to produce hydro electricity. Due to construction of this dam, a number of people had to relocate to some other places. Routine livelihoods of the people affected badly but after some time Hyderabad sanitation project supported those people a lot. Resettlement of the people was very necessary as the disturbed people were the actual beneficiary of the project.
Construction of the Singur dam was started in 1979 and after deep efforts in various sectors; the completion of this dam was done in 1989. The large water reservoir was assigned for production of hydro electricity and also to provide drinking water to nearby Hyderabad and Secunderabad cities. Manjeera River is the main impounding source of this dam. This dam is constructed at about 60 kilometers distance from Medak district. This dam was earlier being operated by Hyderabad Water Supply and Sanitation Project. This dam is used for generation of hydro electricity, supply of fresh drinking water to the surrounding areas and also the irrigation projects to the affected agricultural area. During the process maximum three thousands and six hundred families were affected in relocation. Later these families were supported by the project in the re-settlement.
This dam is constructed over a height of 22 mtrs excluding the foundation. Length of the dam is 7520 mtrs and maximum water level of the reservoir attached to this dam is 523.6 mtrs. Basic purpose of this dam is irrigation, water supply and generation of hydro electricity. Total catchment area of the dam is restricted upto 1609.6 Th ha. MDDL of the water reservoir is 518.25 mtrs and to regulate the discharge of water 17 spillway gates have been provisioned in this dam. Each gate has the dimension of 15’x13’.
This dam is a big tourist place in the Andhra Pradesh state. Every visitor who comes here wants to see this dam once as the design and technicality of the construction attracts a lot. Accept this dam a number of tourist places are located in the surrounding areas of the site.
Sri Ramalingeswara Temple
This temple is situated in a small village named Nandi kandi which is located at 15 kilometers distance from Sangareddy town. This temple was built during the period of Chalukya dynasty in Andhra Pradesh. In the central hall of this temple, there are the idols of Lord Bramha, Vishnu, Narsimha, Shiva, Varaha and Natraja. There are the idols of various goddesses also placed. This temple is believed to be reconstructed in 18th century.
This place is located at a distance of 90 kilometers from the capital city Hyderabad. During some excavations, many treasures whose age is determined as 3000 years BC are found in this place. Various golden coins of that era, small relics, replicas and other article of antique nature have been found in this place. Roman, Buddhist and Satvahana Era’s articles have also been found in the graves excavated in this area.
To have a vast view with the related historical facts, an Archeological museum has also been established in this place.
The Medak fort is located at a distance of 75 kilometers from state capital Hyderabad. In this fort the wall sculptures are very exciting and beautifully done. It is said that Kakatiyan Kings have constructed this fort. This fort has five entrance gates and while entry from any of the gate, bastions are seen in front. The fort was the best place for defense and aggression activities. Army officers of Kakatiyan Kings used to reside inside the fort. Later during Muslim ruling, a palace named Mubarak Mahal was also constructed inside the fort.
The beautifully designed Church is an exsample of European style of architecture. This church has been constructed by white Granite.
This place is like a junction of two districts Medak and Godavari. The steep hills surrounding the place are approximately 2300 mtr high from MSL. In some of the places, large gorges have been naturally constructed. These gorges are very interesting places to see.