... a Continuation Post to ASI MUSEUMS Hampi Ruins, A Heritage Visit.
19th June 2017.
After Kamalapura Museum Visit, we thought of visiting the Tungabhadra Dam also since the Hampi is located on the banks of river Tungabhadra and a life line to Hampi. Tungabhadra Dam is about 6 KM west of Hospet. This was the joint venture project between Madras Presidency and Hyderabad State and on completions i has become the joint venture of Andhara Pradesh and Karnataka State. The Tamil Nadu, then the Madras presidency Engineer Shri M S Thirumalae Ayyangar B.E, MIE ( Ind), I S E., while he was working under Madras PWD, investigated the Tungabhadra Project as an Executive Engineer ( 19440- 42 ) and in-charge of Construction of Tungabhadra Dam & low level canel system as Chief Engineer ( 1942 - 1952 ). The Park near the top of the dam was name after him as Thirumala Park and a statue is also installed. Tamil labourers were engaged in construction of this Dam and settled at Kamalapura area and some of them are working with Hampi Ruins sites.
The Dam construction was started during 1949 AD and completed after 4 years, in 1953 AD. The dam water is controlled by 33 crest gates with a spill way length of 701 meters. Height of the dam is 49.50 meters ( 162 feet ) & Length of the dam is 2449 meters ( 8035 ft ). The maximum storage capacity is 101 TMC. A hydro electric Power generating station is installed with a capacity of 127 MW.
The water serves the needs of Ballari, Koppala, Raichur districts and many other parts of Andhra Pradesh also. A beautiful garden is maintained below with a musical fountain, aquarium and colour lighting is provided to lit during evening hours.
Dam with catchment area
Entrance Gate to the Dam
End of our Hampi Ruins, Heritage visit
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