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Damodar Valley Corporation
दामोदर घाटी निगम
Government of India
Under Ministry of Power
Statutory Body
Industry Utilities (energy)
Founded July 7, 1948
Headquarters Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Key people
Shri A. W. K. Langstieh
Products Electricity
Services Electricity generation andTransmission, distribution
, production, Soil conservationFlood Moderation
Number of employees
9000 (2016)
Website www.dvc.gov.in

The Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) is Public company which operates several power stations in the Damodar River area of West Bengal and Jharkhand states of India. The company operates both thermal power stations and hydel power stations under the Ministry of Power Govt of India. DVC is headquartered in the city of Kolkata, West Bengal, India.[1]


DVC emerged as a culmination of attempts made over a whole century to control the wild and erratic Damodar River. The valley has been ravaged frequently by floods at varying intensities. Serious floods occurred in 1730, 1823, 1848, 1856, 1882, 1898, 1901, 1916, 1923, 1935 & 1943.The river spans over an area of 25,235 sq. km covering the states of Bihar (now Jharkhand) & West Bengal.The catastrophe caused by the1943 flood, led to serious public indignation against the Government. As aresult, the Government of Bengal appointed a board of Enquiry titled “Damodar Flood Enquiry Committee”with the Maharaja of Burdwan and the noted physicist Dr. Meghnad Saha as members for suggestingremedial measures. The Damodar Flood Enquiry Committee suggested creation of an authority similar to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the USA, and recommended the construction of dams and storage reservoirs at the sites with a total capacity of 1.5 millions acre ft. (1.850 millions cu. M) and highlighted the possibilities of multipurpose development in the valley area. The Govt. of India then commissioned the ‘Central Technical Power Board’ to study the proposal and appointed Mr. W L Voorduin, a senior engineer of the TVA to study the problem at the Damodar and to make his recommendation for comprehensive development of the valley. Accordingly, in August, 1944 Mr. Voorduin submitted his ‘Preliminary Memorandum on the unified Development of the Damodar River.’ Mr. Voorduin’s “Preliminary Memorandum” suggested a multipurpose development plan designed for achieving flood control, irrigation, power generation and navigation in the Damodar Valley. Four consultants appointed by the Government of India examined it. They also approved the main technical features of Voorduin’s scheme and recommended early initiation of construction beginning with Tilaiya to be followed by Maithon. By April 1947, full agreement was practically reached between the three Governments of Central, West Bengal and Bihar on the implementation of the scheme and in March 1948, the Damodar Valley Corporation Act (Act No. XIV of 1948) was passed by the Central Legislature, requiring the three Governments, The Central Government and the State Governments of West Bengal and Bihar (now Jharkhand) to participate jointly for the purpose of building the Damodar Valley Corporation. The Corporation came into existence on 7 July, 1948 as the first multipurpose river valley project of independent India.

Command area: 24,235 km2 spread across the Damodar basin. Jharkhand: 2 districts fully (Dhanbad and Bokaro) and parts of 8 districts (Hazaribagh, Koderma, Chatra, Palamau, Ranchi, Loherdaga, Giridih and Dumka) West Bengal: 5 districts (Bardhhaman, Hoogly, Howrah, Bankura, Purulia)

The Damodar Valley Corporation has been generating and transmitting power since 1953.[citation needed]

DVC plants[edit]

Thermal-Coal based [2]
Sr. No. City State Installed Capacity in MW
1 Bokaro Thermal Power Station B Jharkhand 630
2 Chandrapura Thermal Power Station Jharkhand 890
3 Durgapur Thermal Power Station West Bengal 350
4 Durgapur Steel Thermal Power Station West Bengal 1000
5 Mejia Thermal Power Station West Bengal 2340
6 Koderma Thermal Power Station Jharkhand 1000
7 Bokaro Thermal Power Station- A Jharkhand 500
8 Raghunathpur Thermal Power Station West Bengal 1200
Total : 7,910
Hydel-Power plants [3]
Sr. No. City State Installed Capacity in MW
1 Tilaiya Dam Jharkhand 4
2 Maithon Dam Jharkhand 63.2
3 Panchet Dam Jharkhand 80
Total : 147.2
Sr. No. City State Installed Capacity in MW Remarks
1 BPSCL Power Plant Jharkhand 338 Owned by Bokaro Power Supply Corporation Limited (BPSCL) a joint venture between DVC and Bokaro Steel Limited [4]
2 Maithon Power Plant Jharkhand 1,050 Owned by Maithon Power Limited a joint venture between DVC and Tata Power [5]
Total : 1388


DVC developed and expanded its infrastructure to six thermal power stations’(7410 MW)’and three hydro-electric power stations with a capacity of 147.2 MW which contribute to a total installed capacity of 7557.2 MW. Presently DVC has 45 sub-stations and receiving stations more than 8900-circuit km of transmission and distribution lines. DVC has also four dams, a barrage and a network of canals (2494 km) that play an effective role in water management. The construction of check dams, development of forests and farms and upland and wasteland treatment developed by DVC play a vital role in eco conservation and environment management.

DVC – Corporate office building at Kolkata – VIP Road

Water Management Overview[edit]

DVC has a network of four dams – Tilaiya and Maithon on river Barakar, Panchet on river Damodar and Konar on river Konar. Besides, Durgapur barrage and the canal network, handed over to Government of West Bengal in 1964, remained a part of the total system of water management. DVC dams are capable of moderating floods of 6.51 lac cusec to 2.5 lac cusecs.

Four multipurpose dams were constructed during the period 1948 to 1959.

Flood reserve capacity of 1292 mcm has been provided in 4 reservoirs, which can moderate a peak flood of 18395 cumec to a safe carrying capacity of 7076 cumec.419 mcm of water is stored in the 4 DVC reservoirs to supply 680 cusec of water to meet industrial, municipal and domestic requirements in West Bengal & Jharkhand.A barrage on river Damodar was constructed in 1955 at Durgapur for supply of irrigation water to the districts of Burdwan, Bankura & Hoogly.

Irrigation Command Area (Gross) – 5.69 lakh hectares. Irrigation Potential Created – 3.64 lakh hectares. Canals – 2494 km.

30,000 ha of land in the upper valley is being irrigated, every year by lift irrigation with the water available from 16,000 (approx) check dams constructed by DVC.

Joint venture projects[edit]

Maithon Power Limited

A joint venture company by DVC and Tata Power has been formed to implement 1050 MW Maithon Right Bank Thermal Power Project for meeting the energy needs of power deficient regions on export basis.

Bokaro Power Supply Corporation Limited (BPSCL)

A joint venture company of DVC and SAIL has been established to operate and maintain the captive power and steam generation plant, hived off by SAIL and its Bokaro Steel Plant and supply power and steam exclusively to Bokaro Steel Ltd.

DVC EMTA Coal Mines Limited

A joint venture company formed with Eastern Minerals & Trading Agency for development and operation of Captive Coal Mine Blocks and supply of coal exclusively to DVC Thermal Power Projects of 10th and 11th plan.

Mining & Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC)

The Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC) in Durgapur —one of the PSU’s in India set up under the rupee-rouble agreement and enjoying Soviet patronage in the early sixties. Bharat Earth Movers has the highest stake (48%) in the consortium while the other two PSUs — DVC and Coal India — have 26% stake each.

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The Damodar Valley Corporation is Public company which operates several power stations in the Damodar River area of West Bengal and Jharkhand states of India. Wikipedia
Founded: July 7, 1948
Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Purpose: Electricity generation, transmission, distribution, production and soil conservation
Total capacity: Approx 9,492 MW
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