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This photograph was shot at Durgapur Barrage on river Damodar.

Damodar River originates near Chandwa village, Palamau district, on the Chota Nagpur Plateau in the Jharkhand state in India and flows eastward for about 592 km through the states of Jharkhand and West Bengal to the estuary of the River Hoogly. It has a number of tributaries and subtributaries, such as Barakar, Konar, Guaia, Jamania, Usri, Bokaro, Haharo, Khadia and Bhera.

The Chota Nagpur Plateau receives an average annual rainfall of around 1400 mm, almost all of it in the monsoon months between June and August.The huge volume of water that flows down the Damodar and its tributaries during the monsoons used to be a fury in the upper reaches of the valley but in the lower valley it used to overflow its banks and flood large areas.
Damodar River was earlier known as the Sorrow of Bengal as it used to flood many areas of Bardhaman, Hughli, Howrah and Medinipur districts. Even now the floods sometimes affect the lower Damodar Valley but the havoc it wreaked in earlier years is now a matter of history.
This mighty river is now a pale shadow of its former self, its flow controlled by a number of dams.

The first dam was built across the Barakar river, a tributary of the Damodar river at Tilaiya in 1953. The second one 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, with head regulators for canals on either side for feeding an extensive system of canals and distributaries.

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  • Copyright: Somak Gupta (somak_g) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 59 W: 4 N: 48] (497)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-11-24
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Camera: Canon A540
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-11-26 8:10
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