Dharoi dam

Coordinates: 24°0′16″N 72°51′13″E / 24.00444°N 72.85361°E / 24.00444; 72.85361
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Dharoi Dam
Dharoi dam before monsoon
Dharoi dam is located in Gujarat
Dharoi dam
Dharoi Dam
Official nameDharoi dam
LocationMehsana and Sabarkantha districts
Coordinates24°0′16″N 72°51′13″E / 24.00444°N 72.85361°E / 24.00444; 72.85361
PurposeIrrigation & water supply
Construction began1971
Opening date1978
Construction cost96 crore (equivalent to 46 billion or US$580 million in 2023)
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsSabarmati River
Height (foundation)45.87 metres (150 ft)
Length1,207 metres (4,000 ft)
Spillways12 radial
Spillway typeOgee
Spillway capacity21662 m3/s
Total capacity908.6 MCM[1]
Catchment area5,475 square kilometres (5.9×1010 sq ft)
Surface area107 square kilometres (1.2×109 sq ft)
Power Station
Hydraulic head31.7 metres (100 ft)
Installed capacity1.4 MW
Dharoi Dam

Dharoi Dam is a gravity dam on the Sabarmati river near Dharoi, Satlasana Taluka, and Mehsana districts of northern Gujarat in India. Completed in 1978, the dam is meant for irrigation, power generation and flood control.[2][3]


Politician Vasant Parikh was the chief supporter of Dharoi dam and was instrumental in campaign for it. He did 9-day walk from Vadnagar to Gandhinagar for the dam. He met then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Bombay (now Mumbai) and New Delhi. The dam was approved and the foundation stone laid by Indira Gandhi in 1971.[4][5][6][7]


Video of Dharoi dam

Total 19 villages partially and 28 villages fully submerged into the dam reservoir so they were relocated to new villages. Total land submerged under reservoir include 349.39 hectares (863.4 acres; 1.3490 sq mi) forest land, 2,727.55 hectares (6,739.9 acres; 10.5311 sq mi) wasteland, 7,489.87 hectares (18,507.9 acres; 28.9185 sq mi) cultivable land.[8]

It irrigated 31,393 hectares (77,570 acres; 121.21 sq mi) in 2007–08.[8] The planned command area was 61,085 hectares (150,940 acres; 235.85 sq mi).[9]


  1. ^ Hydrological Data (Unclassified) Book. Central Water Commission. 2018.
  2. ^ "Dharoi dam brimming over". The Times of India. 2 September 2011. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  3. ^ National Register of Large Dams - 2019 (PDF). New Delhi: Dam Safety Monitoring Directorate, Central Dam Safety Organisation, Central Water Commission, Government of India. June 2019. p. 74.
  4. ^ "વિના ધરોઈ ધરતી રોઈ / જાણો સરકાર સામે લડીને ધરોઈ ડેમ મંજુર કરાવનાર લોકપ્રિય ધારાસભ્ય ડો.વસંતભાઈ પરીખ વિશે". GSTV (in Gujarati). 25 October 2023. Retrieved 28 October 2023.
  5. ^ Raval, Rajendra (2011). The Historical Heritage City -Vadnagar (in Gujarati). Darshita Prakashan. pp. 167–169.
  6. ^ "Summary of Dr. Vasant Parikh's life". KarunaSetu Trust.
  7. ^ Ramavat, Shishir (27 January 2016). "જશને બદલે જૂતાં: ચોખ્ખા માણસે હારવા માટે તૈયાર રહેવું!". Sandesh (in Gujarati). Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Dharoi Water Resources Project". Government of Gujarat. Narmada, Water Resources, Water Supply and Kalpsar Department (Water Resources Division). Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  9. ^ Prasad (February 2008). Environment, Development and Society in Contemporary India: An Introduction. Macmillan India. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-230-63530-2.

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