Bhubaneswar, Feb 14 (Localwire): The Central government has decided to raise the water retaining capacity of Hirakud dam of Odisha to 24 lakh cusecs from the existing 15 lakh cusecs.
“It has been decided to increase the water retaining capacity of the Hirakud dam from the existing 15 lakh to 24 lakh cusecs,” said Union Water Resources Secretary U P Singh said at the International Dam Safety Conference-2019 here.
Efforts are also on for automatic functioning of Hirakud dam, which is one of the longest earthen dams in the world, he said, adding that the dam over Mahanadi river is safe.
Inaugurating the conference, Odisha’s Water Resources Minister Niranjan Pujari said about 80 per cent of the state’s large dams are over 25 years old.
“About 209 dams are over 100 years old and were built when design practices and safety norms were much below the current design and safety norms,” he said.
The conference is a joint initiative of the Union government, Government of Odisha and the World Bank, under aegis of the ongoing World Bank assisted Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).
In Odisha, 26 large dams are covered under DRIP for rehabilitation .