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The Balimela Reservoir is

located in Malkangiri district,
Odisha, India on the river Sileru
which is a tributary of the
Godavari river.[1] The gross
storage capacity of Balimela
reservoir is 3610million cubic
Balimela Dam
Location Balimela

Coordinates 181829N

Purpose Irrigation, Power

Status Completed

Openingdate 1988

Owner(s) Odisha

Operator(s) Odisha

Dam and spillways

Typeofdam Gravity and


Impounds Sileru River

Height 70m (230ft)

Length 1,821m

Spillwaytype Ogee section

Spillwaycapacity 10930 cumecs


Creates Balimela

Totalcapacity 3,610 106m3


Activecapacity 2,676 106m3


Inactivecapacity 934 106m3


Catchmentarea 4,910km2

Surfacearea 184.53km2

Power Station

Operator(s) Odisha

Turbines 6 60, 2 75

Installedcapacity 510 MW

Andhra Pradesh (AP) and

Odisha states entered into
agreements to construct
Balimela dam as a joint project
and share the Sileru river
waters available equally at
Balimela dam site. Odisha
developed the 360 MW (6 60
MW units) power house by
diverting the Balimela waters to
the Potteru sub-river basin. A
barrage at Surlikonda across
the Potteru stream was
constructed to redirect the
discharge from Balimela Power
House into two main canals for
irrigation; one on the right side
named Tamasha Main Canal
and the second on the left side
named Gompakonda Main
Canal. These two canals were
constructed under the Potteru
Irrigation Project for irrigation
in Malkangiri district, the most
backward district of the state
and thereby lifting the living
standard of the inhabitants.
Two more power generation
units 75 MW each were added
under stage-2 to increase the
installed capacity up to 510

The share of Andhra Pradesh

from the available water in the
Belimela is released
downstream into the river for
generating hydro electricity
located at Upper Sileru,
Donkarai and lower Sileru
Hydro power stations ultimately
utilizing the water for irrigation
in the Godavari delta during dry

Interstate dispute
Odisha is not permitting AP to
install hydropower units (30
MW capacity) at the toe of
Balimela dam on the grounds
of another jurisdiction. Though
AP is permitted in the
agreements,[3] Odisha says the
site of power house is located
in Odisha's territory and AP
cannot install the hydro power
units in its land. Thus 30 MW
power generation capacity at a
very low generation cost can
not be developed for the last
40years due to the dispute.
The agreement also states that
Kolab river surplus water
available in Upper Kolab
reservoir can be diverted jointly
by Odisha and AP to
Sileru/Machkund river basin for
enhancing hydro power
potential substantially. This
diversion scheme has also not
materialized until now.
See also
Balimela reservoir boat
Vamsadhara River
Nagavali River
Jalaput Dam

1. Godavari river basin map
2. "Balimela Dam D05864" .
Retrieved April 2, 2016.
3. 1962 Agreements - pages
239 to 242

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