Balimela Dam is a joint project of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Governments and the inflow into Balimela Reservoir is shared between the two states. The Balimela Reservoir is located in Malkangiri district, Odisha, India on the river Sileru which is a tributary of the Godavari river. The gross storage capacity of Balimela reservoir is 3610 million cubic meters. Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Odisha states entered into agreements to construct Balimela dam as a joint project and share the Sileru river waters available equally at Balimela dam site. Odisha developed the 360 MW power house by diverting the Balimela waters to the Potteru sub-river basin.
A barrage at Surlikonda across the Potteru stream was constructed to redirect the discharge from Balimela Power House into two main canals for irrigation; one on the right side named Tamasha Main Canal and the second on the left side named Gompakonda Main Canal. These two canals were constructed under the Potteru Irrigation Project for irrigation in Malkangiri district, the most backward district of the state and thereby lifting the living standard of the inhabitants.
Two more power generation units 75 MW each were added under stage-2 to increase the installed capacity up to 510 MW. Water to the Balimela Power Station is taken from Balimela Reservoir through a 4 K.Ms. long Pressure Tunnel, which ends in a Surge Shaft of 20 Meters diameter and 79 Meters high. Four numbers of Steel Penstocks 3.7 Meters diameter and 183 Meters long take-off from the Surge Shaft to Butter Fly Valve House.
Best time to visit: Oct-Feb
Open Time: 7am-5pm
Popular Cuisine: Local Food
Attractions: Balimela wildlife sanctuary, Balimela Reservoir, Balimela Hydro Power
Nearest Bus Stop: Topokal
Nearest Railway Station: Rajahmundry
Travel Options: Bus
Nearest town: Malkanigiri
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 444 km