Upper Wardha Dam in Amravati
Upper Wardha Dam is considered as the lifeline of the Amravati district, as it is the main source of drinking water supply to the entire region. This is an earth fill straight gravity dam across river Wardha, which is a tributary of the Godavari River. The Wardha River originates at an altitude of 785m in the Satpura range, while flowing down through the western part of the Wardha district and finally meeting river Godavari in Amravati district.
The dam is built near the Simhora village of the Morshi taluk of Amravati, with the primary intention of hydel power generation. Thus the project was earlier named as the Upper Wardha Dam Project. With time this dam has become an integral part of the people’s life who are residing in the region. The dam is helping the surrounding area with its drinking water supply, water for irrigation, for industrial use and also flood control. The dam structure is stretched for an area of 4302 square km with a total volume capacity of 786,480,000 cubic metres. The drinking water storage has been built with a catchment area of 390 million cubic metres.
The area has been nicely developed by the dam authority with beautiful manicured garden. The place is ideal for a day’s outing or picnic with family and friends. Many food stalls and small restaurants have set up here with the ever increasing visitors. Best time to visit the place is during the Monsoons, when the flood gates are open. The gushing waters pouring out of these gates are a sight worth watching. This area is a bird watcher’s paradise, with rare of species of birds visible. The surrounding scenic beauty is picturesque. Private cabs from various tours and travel agencies are available for a day’s trip to this place.