Pechiparai Reservoir

Pechiparai Reservoir

Pechiparai Reservoir is a reservoir located 43 kilometers from the town of Nagercoil, near the village of Pechiparai in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India.

The reservoir was formed by the construction of the Pechiparai Dam, which was built across the River Kodayar about a mile below the confluence of the tributaries Kallar, Chittar and Kuttiyar. It was built during the period 1897 - 1906 by the European Engineer, Mr Minchin, during the reign of the Travancore Maharaja Moolam Thirunal.

The original cost of construction of the dam was Indian Rupees 26.1 Lakhs (in the late 19th century).The catchment area of the reservoir is 207.19 km², and the depth is 14.63 meters. The Dam is a straight gravity type masonry dam of 425.5 M. long and 120.70 M. high above the deepest foundation. There is no inspection gallery.

The water from the reservoir is used for both irrigation of crops and for drinking purposes, which has led to conflict between farmers who want use all the water for their crops, and local authorities, who don't have another place to draw drinking water from, for supply to the urban areas.

The dam is surrounded by hills of the Western Ghats, and is a scenic place.

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