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The Damodar Valley Corporation, popularly known as DVC, is the first multipurpose river valley project of independent India.
The initial focus of the DVC were flood control, irrigation, generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, eco-conservation and afforestation, as well as job creation for the socio-economic well being of the people residing in and around areas affected by DVC projects. However, over the past few decades, power generation has gained priority. Other objectives of the DVC, however, remain part of its primary responsibility. The dams in the valley have a capacity to moderate peak floods of 650,000 to 250,000 ft³/s. DVC has created irrigation potential of 3640 square kilometres.
The first dam was built across the Barakar River, a tributary of the Damodar River at Tilaiya 1953. The second one, Konar Dam, was built across the Konar River, another tributary of the Damodar River at Konar in 1955. Two dams across the rivers Barakar and Damodar were built at Maithon in 1957 and Panchet in 1959. Both the dams are some 8 km upstream of the confluence point of the rivers. These four major dams are controlled by DVC. Durgapur Barrage was constructed downstream of the four dams in 1955, across the Damodar river at Durgapur in 1955.

this snap was taken at the reserviour side of the dam. the black patched on water are the water hyacinth....the result of overlooking the lack of maintainance and beautification.

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