Tehri Dam in Uttarakhand, India

About Tehri Dam Uttarakhand

Tehri Dam is located in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The place where Tehri dam is built today was first known as Tehri. But when the Tehri hydro project was constructed, it was completely and unintentionally affected by about one lakh people who were shifted to New Tehri, Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Dehradun. The height of Tehri Dam is 260 M and the width of Tehri Bandh is 592 M. The base of this dam is 1125 Mt wide and the top of Tehri Bandh is 25.5 M.

The Tehri lake is spread over 42 km² area. Tehri hydro project is the first dam of the embankment type situated in the height in Asia. The official name of Tehri Dam is Swami Ramtirth Sagar the local people call it Suman Sagar.

Tehri Dam construction detail

Tehri Dam is a type of embankment dam. Embankment dam is a dam, which is made from natural material such as soil and stone etc. The concrete material is mainly used in the core of this type of dam and the sides and the upper surface are made up of clay, soil, and stone. Layers of this type of dam are very dense so that the water can not go in. Overall, the embankment dam is like an artificial mountain, whose core is solid and due to high denseness, it remains highly stable so that it also absorbs the earthquake shocks.

The Tehri hydro project is divided into two phases-

Phase 1: Tehri Dam and Hydropower Plant come in the first phase. The Power Plant that was made under it became ready in July 2006 with the Tehri hydro project and this plant is producing 1000 MW of power.

The second phase has 2 projects – Tehri Pumped Storage Plant. This project is not ready yet. The second project is Koteshwar Dam which is 22 km away from this place.

History of Tehri Dam Project

In the year 1949, the Uttar Pradesh Government first planned to build a dam at this place. This place was examined under the project till 1961. The design of Tehri hydro project was also prepared by Professor James Brun around 1970. In 1972, the Central Planning Commission gave a green signal to Tehri hydro project, under which 75% of funding in this project would be funded by the central government and 25% by Uttarakhand government.

Because millions of people were affected by this Tehri Dam project, then many people and many environmental protectors started opposing the construction of Tehri Bandh. Firstly, Rajmata Kamalendumati Shah of Tehri principality raised the voice against the project. The work of Tehri Dam project started in 1978. In the same year, the anti-dam committee (Bandh Virodhi Pariyojna) was constituted under the chairmanship of Vidya Sagar Nautiyal in Tehri. Sunder Lal Bahuguna and advocate Virendra Saklani were also present in this committee.

Virendra Saklani filed a petition in the Supreme Court against this project. Sunder Lal Bahuguna was also opposed to Tehri Dam project several times, including 74 days of hunger strike on Raj Ghat. In 1986, President of Russia Mikhail Gorbachev came to India and agreed to help India with the Tehri Dam Project. After which the total production of this project was increased from 600 megawatts to 2400 megawatt.

Due to the slow pace of work in 1988, the Central Government and Uttarakhand state government together formed the THDC (Tehri Hydropower Development Corporation Limited). And in 1989, they handed over the complete Tehri Dam project to THDC. Earlier this project was being constructed by the Irrigation Department.

Location of Tehri Dam

The Tehri Dam is located in northern part of India in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The Tehri Bandh is located 97 km away from Jollygrant airport Dehradun and 82 Km away from Rishikesh railway station.


What are the advantages of Tehri hydro project?

  • The electricity produced from this dam will be divided into 8 states of North India. These 8 states are Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Chandigarh, and Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Drinking water is provided to Delhi and Uttar Pradesh by this dam.
  • With the construction of the Tehri Bandh, the flow of river Ganga has decreased, due to which there has been a decrease in the number of cities coming to the banks of river Ganges. Due to which the cities located along the river Ganges have been relieved of the flood.
  • Tourism has been encouraged by the construction of Tehri Bandh, which has provided employment to the youth of Tehri.

What are the disadvantages of Tehri hydro project?

  • The climate and vegetation here have become quite affected by the construction of Tehri Dam.
  • The Tehri Dam is in earthquake zone 4. At the depth of 7 km deep down the Tehri Dam, there is also an epicenter of the earthquake named Mahar Tier Fault.

Tehri Dam Tourism

Water sport in Tehri Lake

  • Jet ski
  • Banana Ride
  • Water Skiing
  • KneeBoarding 
  • Kayaking 
  • Motor Boat
  • High-Speed Boat 
  • Wind Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Para Sailing
  • Luxury Boat
  • Flying Board

Land Sports in Tehri Bandh

  • Rock Climbing and Rappelling
  • Zipline
  • Valley Crossing
  • Trekking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Motor Bike tour
  • High Rope Course

Aero Sports in Tehri Lake

  • Paragliding
  • Hot Air Balloon

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