Irrigation In India – PMKSY, AIBP, Watershed Management, Neeranchan, etc.

Chheligada Irrigation Project in Odisha


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Chheligada Irrigation Project

Mains level: Not Much

Central Idea: Officials recently directed to begin construction of the multipurpose irrigation project at Chheligada, Odisha.

Chheligada Irrigation Project

  • The project is a multipurpose medium project located near the village of Chheligada in the Gajapati District of Odisha.
  • The project involves the construction of a 250m long and 30m high dam across the River Badjhore, a tributary of the River Vamsadhara.
  • It aims to preserve 5201 hectares of water and provide irrigation to 5760 hectares of land in Ganjam and 500 hectares of land in Gajapati districts.
  • The project will also supply drinking water to Brahampur City.
  • Furthermore, it includes the development of a mini hydel project at Shiali Loti, Kankata, and Dekili in the Gajapati district, with a capacity to generate 36 MW of electricity.

Salient features of the project

  1. A centrally located Ogee-type gated spillway with a length of 90m.
  2. Construction of a 1.13 km long tunnel connecting the Chheligada reservoir with the Ghodahada river.
  3. Establishment of a canal system to facilitate irrigation in the Gajapati district directly from the dam.
  4. Implementation of a pipeline network for supplying drinking water to Berhampur in the Ganjam district.


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