Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is the largest man-made dam in the world. Thousands of people lost their lives while constructing the dam.It was built across the Krishna river which formed a boundary between Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh.In Andhra Pradesh, it comes under Guntur district and in Telangana, it comes under Nalgonda district.The dam created a whopping storage capacity of 11,472,000,000 cubic meters and 26 floodgates.It is one of the multi-purpose dams provides irrigation and also a hydro-electric city.
In past, Telangana state suffered from water scarcity and are unable to irrigate their farming lands. So under Britisher’s help, Our government decided to provide water to Telangana state.They kept a proposal to build a dam that flows excess water from Krishna to Telangana.The proposal was accepted and the location is near Nagarjuna Konda. Mr.Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone on 10th December 1955.It took 12 years to complete and managed to open the gates in 1967.Ever wondered, why the dam got the name “Nagarjuna sugar”. In 1st and 2nd centuries, capital of ikshvaku dynasty who defeated satavahans in eastern Deccan is Nagarjuna Konda. Buddha’s real name is Nagarjuna and they managed to keep the name to the dam.The gates were opened in 1967 by Indira Gandhi and first reserved water was supplied to Telangana state. Not only Telangana, it serves reserved water to Guntur, Prakasam, Krishna, West Godavari and Khammam. The whole project cost is about 1 3 3 crores.
N A G A R J U N A S A G A R D A M is one of the major tourist spots in India.When the gates are opened, it’s an eye feast for tourists from all the states. Mainly in the night, lights focusing on Nagarjuna Sagar dam will be breathtaking.Boat ride in Krishna river will be awesome.Every day, boat ride will be available to show museum in Nagarjuna Konda
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