Ranjit Sagar Dam

AUG 4

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Why in news?

  • Recently, an Army helicopter with its pilot and co-pilot crashed into the Ranjit Sagar Dam in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ranjit Sagar Dam:

  • The Ranjit Sagar Dam, also known as the Thein Dam, is part of a hydroelectric project constructed by the Punjab Irrigation Department on the Ravi River on the border of Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.
  •  It is located upstream of the Madhopur Barrage at Madhopur. A large portion (up to 60%) of the reservoir falls within Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The project is used for both irrigation and power generation.
  • The project is the largest hydroelectric dam in Punjab with a capacity of 600 megawatts.
  • The dam is amongst the highest earth-fill dams in India and has the largest diameter penstock pipes in the country. 

PRELIMS QUESTION:

Consider the following pairs:

Dams                   : Rivers

1.Ranjit Sagar                    : Ravi

2.Nagarjunasagar : Godavari

3.Srisailam            : Krishna

Which of the above given pairs are correctly matched?

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1,2 and 3 only

(d) 2 and 3 only

Answer