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4 Biggest Dams of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is the home to one of the largest Desert in the world. The state is also the India’s largest by area. The Royal state houses few major River Systems of India such as Chambal River, Banas River and Jawai River. These rivers are the major source of drinking water across the state. Some of the dams created on these rivers are also the source of hydropower.

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Ranapratap Sagar Dam

Ranapratap Sagar Dam

Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam

Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam

Bisalpur Dam

Bisalpur Dam

Jawai Dam

Jawai Dam

Ranapratap Sagar Dam

The Ranapratap Sagar Dam is a gravity masonry dam with the height of 53.8 meters and is the second largest dam built on Chambal River in Rawatbhata, Rajasthan and the largest in whole Rajasthan. It is one of the major dams chosen for Chambal Valley project, a government initiative for the development of the river. There is a power station at the dam toe for the generation of hydropower which was officially declared open in February 1970 by the then PM of India, Indira Gandhi. The dam and the power plant got their name from the warrior Maharana Pratap of Rajasthan.

Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam

Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam is the second largest dam in Rajasthan and is built across Mahi River, 16 kilometers from Banswara. Named after Shri Jamnalal Bajaj, the 43-meter high dam was constructed for the purpose of water supply and hydroelectricity power generation. The construction began in 1972 and the dam opened in 1983. The power station is operational since 1986.

Bisalpur Dam

Bisalpur Dam is a gravity dam with the height of 40 meters constructed in 1999 across the Banas river in Tonk, Rajasthan. It is a major source of drinking water supply to the capital city of Jaipur. The construction of the dam was done in two phases. Phase 1 aimed at the water supply to the villagers, while Phase 2 focused on improving the irrigation facilities. Bisalpur Dam is the most famous dam in Rajasthan and it attracts a vast variety of birds, both local and migratory.

Jawai Dam

Jawai Dam is the biggest dam in western Rajasthan. It was constructed between 1946 to 1957 across Jawai river near Sumerpur town in Pali, Rajasthan. The main objective of constructing the 18.67-meter high dam was to provide water for irrigation to some villages of Jalore district and Pali district. However, it is also the major water supplier for Jodhpur city and parts of Pali district. The dam is also known to be a winter paradise for migratory birds.


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