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Sabari River merges with Godavari near Kunavaram and this is also one of the most significant tributary of Godavari. It originates from western slope of the Eastern Ghats present in the Odisha state. It starts from the Sinkaram hill and ranges at 1350 m MSL. It is known by the name of Kolab River in Odisha. This Sabari River basin receives nearly 1200 mm rainfall. It forms a common boundary between Odisha States and Chhattisgarh and then enters into the Andhra Pradesh and merges with River Godavari.
One of the major tributaries of Sabari is Sileru River and this is also known by the name of Machkund, lying in upper region. It joins with Sabari River in tri- junction with Andhra Pradesh boundary point, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Its tributary has got tremendous potential of generating hydro-electricity which is used for harnessing with the help of Balimela, Machkund, Donkarayi, upper and lower Sileru Hydro power projects.
The Kolab upper project is located at Odisha across Sabari and it is one of the most important dam projects. Its main purpose is to supply water for generating hydro power and for irrigation. Its two hundred kms long river stretch forms the boundary between Odisha and Chhattisgarh. This river stretch has the substantial hydro power generating potential and that is done by creating medium head (<18 m) barrage. These will be in one series and will be minimizing the land submergence. Its surplus water present in Indravati River lies in Odisha is diverted into the Sabari River through Jaura Nallah via which all the flood waters of Indravati will get over-flowed in Sabari basin.