Built on River Narmada, Bargi Dam is located 40km south of Jabalpur. It is one of the chain of 30 dams built on River Narmada in Madhya Pradesh. The construction of Bargi Dam was started on 1974 and finished in 1990. The dam is built near Nagpur road (NH7) and constructed in Bargi Village, for which it is known as Bargi Dam. It is built for 90 MW hydropower generation and irrigation purpose. However, its beauty and natural surroundings made it a well-known tourist destination. The MP State Tourism Department also has a fully furnished resort to provide accommodation to the tourists and operates backwater cruise service to entertain visitors and tourists by giving panoramic views of peaceful surroundings.
About Bargi Dam Project – Let’s Get into Detail that Even Jabalpurians don’t know
Bargi Dam is built to support two leading irrigation projects – Rani Avantibai Lodhi Sagar Project and Bargi Diversion Project. Narmada River is the largest in Madhya Pradesh, flowing to the west and ending in the Arabian Sea. It covers 1072km in the state with total length of up to 1300 km.
The blueprint of the dam was conceptualized by the Central Water & Power Commission in 1968 for irrigation in 2980 sq. km. It has the capacity to generate 100 MW (2x45MW + 2x5MW) of hydropower, according to DPR, Govt. of MP, 1968.
Later on, the total irrigation capacity was increased to 4370 sq. km under the Bargi Diversion scheme. The construction was started in the year 1974 and finished when Bargi Dam was filled to its total capacity, i.e. in 1990. Despite the capacity of 105MW, the HydroPower Generation Plant generates only 90MW. It has two independent units which generate 45MW each. They function usually during the evening peak hours.
The dam is around 5.4 km long and 69m high. The lake around it is around 4.5 km wide and 75 km long, spreading around 267.97 sq. km.
Bargi Dam backwater forms a huge lake which attracts great number of tourists within and outside the country. Maikal Resort has been opened under the initiative of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department. It offers restaurant, accommodation and cruise facility. This small resort has 6 AC rooms to offer panoramic view of Bargi Dam backwaters.
Tourists and visitors can enjoy various water activities like speed boating, paddle boating, water scooter, and cruise ride. The surrounding area is best for nature tourism like mammals sighting and birdwatching.
When to Visit?
You may visit Bargi Dam at any time of the year. For boat riding, it is recommended to visit when there is no rainfall and has sufficient water rainfall, i.e. from October to April. Avoid peak summers because there is too much heat over there.
By road, Bargi Dam is around 40 km south from Jabalpur. You may get there through Jabalpur-Mandla Road or by picking Rani Durgawati Samadhi road. If you take Mandla Road, when you reach Bargi Police Station, turn left to reach the dam. The nearest railway station is Jabalpur itself.