Tawa Reservoir

Tawa Reservoir is a reservoir on the Tawa River in central India. It is located in Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh state, above Baitul district. The reservoir was formed by the construction of the Tawa Dam, which began in 1958 and was completed in 1978. The dam provides for irrigation to several thousand hectares of farming land in Hoshangabad and Harda districts. It is also a big tourist attraction during the monsoon months. A cruise boat service has been started by the tourism department for visitors to the dam and reservoir. The dam was made by late Shri Vinay Kumar Diwan also known as Denva Ke Gandhi for his work for public welfare being public representative in the region for almost two decades serving as MLA.

The dam has brought prosperity to the Hoshangabad district.

Tawa Reservoir forms the western boundary of Satpura National Park and Bori Wildlife Sanctuary.

Tawa Reservoir
Location Hoshangabad District, Madhya Pradesh
Coordinates 22°33′44″N 77°58′38″E / 22.56222°N 77.97722°ECoordinates: 22°33′44″N 77°58′38″E / 22.56222°N 77.97722°E
Catchment area 5,982.9 km2 (2,310.0 sq mi)
Basin countries India
Surface area 225 km2 (87 sq mi)
Tawa Dam
Location Hoshangabad District, Madhya Pradesh
Construction began 1956
Opening date 1974
Operator(s) Water Resources Department, Madhya Pradesh
Dam and spillways
Impounds Tawa River
Height 57.91 m (190.0 ft)
Length 1,815 m (5,955 ft)
Creates Tawa Reservoir

Power plant details

It is a small hydropower plant which was set up on the left bank to utilize the tailrace water for irrigation purpose.

It is a private sector hydro-electric generation power plant. The two units of 2 × 6.75 MW were set up by LNJ Bhilwara group. Generated power supplied to HEG Plant Mandideep via MPPTCL Power Line.

The power production in this plant was started in 1998.

The construction of project was completed in record time of 22 months and at a cost of about 65 crore. Early and efficient completion made possible by RSWI, Canada.

Technical details

It is a canal head project.

Catchments area spreads over approximately 6000 km2.

Full reservoir level (FRL) is 335.397 cubic metres (11,844.4 cu ft).

Head range 7 to 21 m and discharge varying from 25 to 54 Cumecs.

Two turbo generators 6.75 MW rated capacity (20% over load).

Machinery and Equipment

  • Vertical shaft keplan turbines and its auxiliaries
  • 11 kV semi umbrella sychronous generator and auxiliaries
  • 33 kV vacuum circuit breakers.
  • 1 MV 33 kV / 415 V auxiliary transformer
  • Fire protection system
  • 110 DC with battery backup

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