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This river is actually a feeder, or a tributary of the river Mahanadi, presently, in North-Eastern Central India. The Ib River flows directly into the Hirakud dam. The river starts in the hills nearby Pandrapet at a height of 762 m.
There are eleven principal rivers that flow in state of Odisha. Mahanadi is the longest and the Bahuda is the shortest. The rivers are rain fed.
The Mahanadi starts from the Amarkantak hills of the Bastar Plateau, located at the village named Pharasiya in the district of Raipur of the state of Chhattisgarh. Here the river flows a total of 851 km. In Odisha itself flows to caver a distance of 494 km and finally, joins the Bay of Bengal.
It flows through the districts of Raigarh and Jashpur, in the state of Chhattisgarh and Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts of the state of Odisha. Eventually, the river joins the Mahanadi, at the Hirakud dam in the state of Odisha.
The Ib river valley is endowed with a very rich coal field. The main parts of the Mahanadi coal fields are located on the banks of the Ib River. Several factories and industries emerged from the banks of the river Ib.
The Ib river valley, is considered the most important industrial areas in Eastern parts of India. This river completes a journey of about 252 km and waters an area of 12,447 sq km. In its course over the years, there are many sight- seeing windows, one will encounter, in the adjacent surroundings of the Ib River. It is acknowledged that this recurrent river gave birth to several tribes of the states of Chhattisgarh and Odisha, who made permanent dwellings on its banks from earlier days. Mythological folklores signify the river Ib.