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Maharashtra Girna Dam
Located in Nandgaon in the Nasik district of Maharashtra state of India, Girna Dam had been inaugurated in the year 1969 and since then it has been playing a pivotal role for the region’s progress through enhancing the growth prospects. In earth-fall category, this dam cum spillway is of 54.56 m or 179.0 ft., height with 963.17 m or 3,160.0 ft., length and the total volume comprising of 2,042 km3 or 490 cu mi it literally creates wonders for fast progresses in entire region.
Occupying total surface area of 60,040 km2 or 23,180 sq mi, Girna Dam has now become one of the huge projects on the Girna River of this state that is in the path to progress today. Total capacity is 525,920 km3 or 126,170 cu mi and it makes it a truly powerful one in all respects.
Historic importance of earth-fill dam, Girna Dam is worth noting in today’s context. The project was started on the Girna River near Nandgaon in the Nashik district of Indian Maharashtra state nearly five decades ago with this aim to fulfill multifaceted needs for the overall prosperity and progress of the region as well as country. With its 54.56 m or 179.0 ft., height from the lowest foundation and 963.17 m or the 3,160.0 ft., length this dam maintains 2,042 km3 or 490 cu mi volume content with additional feature of 608,980.00 km3 or 146,102.07 cu mi gross storage capacity that makes it an amazing one in all respects.
It was an important project for which the government of India had taken initiative for the plan to maintain it systematically to ensure the everlasting growth prospects continue in whole region besides making it a point to offer the benefits to nearby areas as well. Creation of Girna Dam post country’s independence therefore proved fruitful and of course became the giant leap for the country’s prosperity.
Effect of the project
Irrigation and hydroelectricity are two major needs for which Girna Dam had been created as one of the largest dams in country for the purpose to generate power and make best use of it for the agriculture and irrigation activities. This dam has left bigger impact on the state in particular and the country in general by offering the best avenue to generate and supply power to this state and nearby regions as well. Its impact is equally observed through unique effect it has given to the other sectors as well especially helping out the agricultural developments in entire region.
Power generation remains one of the most important and crucial motives behind the Girna Dam project since it was incepted on the Girna River. As an earth-fill dam on this famous river, this dam caters to the power needs of the region and equally proves helpful for the state for the adequate power supply it requires to run state’s households and infrastructure.
Huge structure of Girna Dam under the Girna Dam project is definitely an important attraction in the region and it also stands ahead in the state for being the location worth noting. Nasik district also has ample tourist attractions but equally does this dam catches the attention of people arriving here for research and to have the firsthand experience of adventure.