Pothundy

The dam is located at Pothundy in Nenmara, Chittur Taluk in Palakkad District. The project consists of an earthen dam constructed across the tributaries of Aylampuzha, namely Meenichiladipuzha and Padipuzha about 400 m above the confluence.

The total length of Dam is 1680 m and its maximum height is 32.61m. The FSL of the reservoir is +108.204 m with strorage capacity of 50.914Mm 3. Out of this 7.014 Mm 3 is dead storage. 
The water spread area of the reservoir at FRL is 2.75 sq.km. The catchment area of the project is 31 sq.km.

There are two main canals, LBC 8.3 km and RBC 10.5 km . Proposed net ayacut of the project is 5465 ha. In addition to this, there is drinking water supply scheme by Kerala Water Authority for which 1.538 Mm 3 supplied for Neamara, Aylur, Melarcode Panchayat. The Project was commenced in the year 1958 and completed in 1971.

Salient features
 

Name

Pothundy

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ID

290

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Type

Dam

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Composition

Earthdam with masonry spillway

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Purpose

Irrigation

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Ayacut area

 

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Catchment area (Km²)

30.8 Km²

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Completion

1971

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Location

Near Nemmara

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District

Palakkad

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Basin

Bharathapuzha

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Sub-basin

Ayalur

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Longitude

70°36.5’ E

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Latitude

10°32.5’ N

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Length of the dam

 

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Crest level ( m )

+104.09 m

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Maximum Water Level(m)

+108.204 m

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Full Reservoir Level (m)

+108.204 m

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Dead Storage Level (m)

+91.44 m

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Water Spread Area (Km²)

2.75 Km²

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Gross storage (MCM)

50.914 MCM

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Live storage (MCM)

43.89 MCM

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Dead storage (MCM)

7.014 MCM

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Spillway Length ( m )

40 m

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Spillway gates (Nos)

3 Nos

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Spillway type

Gravity type with ogee curve

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Spillway gate size ( m x m )

12.19m x 4.11m

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Spillway discharge

 
This dam is constructed across the tributaries of the Ayalur river (sub-tributary of Bharathappuzha), namely, Meenchadyppuzha and Padi
puzha. It has an ayacut of 10,930 hectares in Chittur and Alathur taluks. The Project started in 1958, has been completed and commissioned. 

Description by Hamza Parappuram, 
www.autosolutions.ae +971506554966/+919947003700

Nelliampathi mountains seen from Pothundi damPothundi Dam is an irrigation dam near a small village in Palakkad district of Kerala state, India. It was constructed in the 19th century. The dam is unusual in being constructed without a conventional concrete core, which is employed in most earth dams to counteract the force exerted by high water pressure. The core is, instead, an unusual mixture of jaggery and quick lime.It is the second dam in Asia constructed without using cement mixture.

The dam is located about 8 km from Nemmara and 42 km from Palakkad; Nelliampathi, around 17 km away, is known for its Nemmara Vallengi Vela festival.The Pothundy dam is a nice site for tourists, covered with mountains. The dam is one of the major water sources for agricultural and drinking in the chittur taluk. This dam is the main site for the malayalam film Vinodayathra.
 
 
Nearby cities: KOZHIKKADCHITTILAMCHERRY TOWNBrijesh Nair E Residence
Coordinates:   10°32'34"N   76°38'8"E

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