Hirakud project is a major multi-purpose river valley porject in India. Hirakud dam has been constructed over the river Mahanadi. The length of the main section is 4.8 km long. The entire Hirakud dam is 25.8 km long.
The construction of Hirakud Dam began in 1948. The dam was started in 1957.
The Hirakud dam irrigates more than 2.5 lakh hectares of land, mainly in Baragarh area.
The water released from Hirakud is utilized in the delta of Mahanadi, by remodeling weirs and Mundali and Birupa Rivers.
The dam also support power stations.
The Hirakud project further helps to control flood control.