By Malvika Kashyap
July 10, 2022
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In the Indian state of Odisha, Hirakud Dam is situated across the Mahanadi River, roughly 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Sambalpur.
It is the world's longest dam. One of India's earliest multifunctional projects following independence.
The enormous river Mahanadi, which drains an area of 1,33,090 square kilometres, is crossed by the longest earthen dam in the world, which stands in all of its glory.
The majority of the Hirakud dam is made up of enough dirt, concrete, and masonry to pave a road 8 metres wide from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and from Amritsar to Dibrugarh in Assam.
With a surface size of 746 square kilometres and a shoreline spanning 640 kilometres, the resorvoir creates the largest artificial lake in Asia from horizon to horizon.
A wonderful sensation of serene tranquillity and the beauty of nature can be had after driving on the dyke for twenty-one kilometres.
From the top of the rotating minaret known as Gandhi Minar, one can take in the view of the impressive Hirakud dam and the magnificent expanse of water.
The dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the distribution of water from the Mahanadi River, on which the dam has been built, has also brought attention to the Hirakud Dam.
According to legend, this is where diamonds were once discovered. Thus, the name Hirakud appears. Hira is an odia word that signifies diamond.
Even though diamonds are no longer discovered in Hirakud, the State still benefits from this dam's energy and irrigation.
The first dam in independent India is the Hirakud dam. One of the earliest significant multipurpose river valley projects to be undertaken in India since its independence.
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