ABOUT GODAVARI BASIN

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DESCRIPTION

The Godavari River is the largest river in peninsular India and known as the 'Dakshina Ganga'. The Godavari Basin is the second largest basin after the Ganges basin and accounts for nearly 9.50 % of the total geographical area of the country. The River rises in the Sahyadris, at an altitude of 1,067 m above mean sea level near Trimbakeshwar in the Nashik district of Maharashtra and flows across the Deccan Plateau from the Western to the Eastern Ghats. Main river forms inter-State boundary between the States of Telangana and Maharastra; and Telangana and Chattisgarh. Total length of river is 1,465 km. Main river flows through the States of Maharashtra Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh and finally out falls into the Bay of Bengal. At Dowlaiswaram, the river divides into two branches, the Gautami and Vasishta. Between the two, lies the Godavari Central Delta. The Gautami branch joins the Bay of Bengal flowing through the Yanam enclave of Union Territory of Puducherry. The Godavari River has a drainage area of 3,12,812 Sq.km. The length of Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is about 772 km. The Western Ghats (also called Sahyadri range), form a continuous watershed on the west. On the north, the basin is bounded by the Satmala hills, the Ajanta range and the Mahadeo hills. The basin is bounded on the east by Eastern Ghats and the Bay of Bengal. On the south, it is bound by the Balaghat and the Mahadeo ranges stretching forth from the eastern flank of the Western Ghats and the Anantgiri and other ranges of the hills. The salient features of the basin are tabulated as follows.

Salient Features of Godavari Basin
Basin Extent
Longitude
Latitude
73° 24' to 83° 4' E
16° 19’ to 22° 34’ N
Total drainage area of the Basin 3,12,812 Sq.km
State Area in Sq.km Percentage (%)
Maharashtra
Telangana
Andhra Pradesh
Chhattisgarh
Madhya Pradesh
Odisha
Karnataka
Puducherry
152,199
62,150
11,048
33,434
31,821
17,752
4,405
3
48.66
19.87
3.53
10.69
10.17
5.67
1.41
0.001
Total Length of the River 1465 km
Length in Telangana & AP 772 km
* Average Yield 113.09 BCM
* 75% dependable Yield 88.39 BCM
* Major part of rainfall Southwest monsoon period (July-Sept.)
* Average Annual rainfall 1110 mm
Climate Tropical
SUB-BASINS

Godavari basin has been divided into twelve sub-basins by Krishna - Godavari Commission. These are numbered as G1 to G12 and tabulated in Table - 02. Brief description of sub-basins is as under:

Upper Godavari (G-1)

Upper Godavari includes the reach of the river Godavari from its source to its confluence with Manjira and its drainage area lies entirely in Maharashtra. It excludes the catchment area of Pravara, Purna and Manjira and includes that of all other tributaries which fall into the Godavari in this reach. Main water resources projects in this sub-basin are Gangapur dam, Darna dam on Darna river; Nandur – Madhameshwar Pickup weir, Jaikwadi dam and Majalgaon dam on Sindhphana river.

Pravara (G-2)

The Pravara originates in the Western Ghats, flows in an easterly direction and falls into the Godavari upstream of Jaikwadi dam. Mula is one of its important tributaries. Its drainage area falls entirely in Maharashtra. Main water resources projects are Bhandardara dam, Nilvande dam and Mula dam.

Purna (G-3)

The Purna originates in the Ajanta Range of hills, flows in a south-easterly direction and joins the Godavari near Purna town. Its drainage area lies entirely in Maharashtra. The Purna receives several large tributaries, the chief on the north bank being Damna and Kailna and on the south bank Arjna, Girja and Dudhana. Main water resources projects are Khadakpurna dam, Yeldari dam, Siddheshwar dam and Dudhana dam.

Manjira (G-4)

Manjira is the longest tributary of Godavari. It is an inter-State river flowing through Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana. It originates in Balaghat range of hills, runs in south-east direction up to Manjira barrage in Telangana and from there in north direction till its confluence with Godavari. The principal tributaries of Manjira are Terna, Karanja and Haldi joining it from right side; and Lendi and Maner which join from the left. Manar, Lendi and Terna dams in Maharashtra; Karanja dam in Karnataka and Singur and Nizam Sagar dams in Telangana are the main water resource projects in Manjira sub-basin..

Middle Godavari (G-5)

It comprises the river Godavari from its confluence with the Manjira to its confluence with Pranahita. It is an inter- State sub-basin between the States of Telangana and Maharashtra. It includes the direct catchment of the Godavari in this reach as well as that of its tributaries, except Maner and Pranahita. Main water resources projects are Pochampad dam, Kadam dam, Sripad Yellampalli barrage, Sundilla barrage and Annaram barrage. The last two barrages are part of Kaleshwaram project

Maner (G-6)

The river Maner (the right bank tributary) originates at an altitude of about 533 m in Rajanna Sirisilla district of Telangana and it joins the Godavari river at an altitude of about 105 m upstream of Annaram barrage. The entire catchment of the Maner lies in the State of Telangana. Upper Maner, Middle Maner and Lower Maner dams are the main water resource projects in this sub-basin.

Penganga (G-7)

Penganga includes the entire catchment of the Penganga from its source to its confluence with the Wardha with all its tributaries. It is an inter-State sub-basin between the States of Telangana and Maharashtra and forms inter-State boundary between the two States. Kayadhu, Pus, Arunavati, Waghadi and Khuni are important tributaries. Main water resources projects are Upper Penganga dam, Upper Pus, Lower Pus, Arunavati dam, Waghadi dam and Saikheda dam.

Wardha (G-8)

Wardha comprises river Wardha from its source to its confluence with the Wainganga with all its tributaries but excluding the catchment of the Penganga. It is an inter-State sub-basin among the States of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana. It also forms boundary between the States of Maharashtra and Telangana before its confluence with Wainganga. Bembla and Wunna are important tributaries. Main water resources projects are Bembla dam, Upper Wardha dam and Lower Wardha dam.

Pranahita (G-9)

Pranahita is the largest tributary of the Godavari covering about 34% of its drainage basin. It is an inter-State sub-basin among the States of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Telangana. Main Pranahita river forms boundary between the two States of Telangana and Maharashtra. It carries the combined waters of the Penganga, the Wardha and the Wainganga after confluence of Wardha and Wainganga. It meets Godavari River from its left bank about 304 km below the Manjira confluence near Kaleshwaram temple town. Important tributaries are Bagh, Wainganga, Bawanthadi, Pench, Kanhan, Chulband, Garvi, Andhari, Kobragarhi, Dina nadhi and Peddavagu. Some of the water resources projects are Upper Wainganga, Dhuti weir, Thanwar dam, Bawanthadi dam, Bagh dam, Totaladoh dam, Itiadoh dam, Lower Chulband dam and Gosikhurd dam.

Lower Godavari (G-10)

Lower Godavari consists of the Lower part of the river Godavari from its confluence with the Pranahita upto the sea. The sub basin includes the direct catchment of the Godavari in this reach with all its tributaries except Indravati and Sabari. It is an inter-State sub-basin among the States of Telangana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. In this sub-basin, Godavari forms boundary between the States of Maharashtra and Telangana; between the States of Telangana and Chhattisgarh. Some of the tributaries are Taliperu, Lakhnawarm, Peddvagu, Kinnerasani. Some of the existing and under construction water resources projects are Medigadda barrage and Pump house, Godavari LIS, Tupakulagudem barrage, Sitaram LIS, Dummugudem barrage, Polavaram dam, Pattisema LIS, Pushkar LIS, Purushottapatnam LIS, Chintalpudi LIS, Chagalnadu LIS, Venkatanagaram LIS and Aurthur Cotton barrage on main Godavari; and Laknawaram dam, Taliperu dam, Peddavagu dam, Kinnerasani dam on tributaries.

Indravati (G-11)

Indravati is the 2nd largest tributary of Godavari. It originates on the western slopes of the Eastern Ghats at an altitude of 915 m in Kalahandi district, Odisha State flows through the central part of the Dandakaranya region and joins Godavari approximately 40 km downstream of its confluence with Pranhita. It has its catchment in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. Its important tributaries are Narangi, Boardhig, Kotri, Nibra and Bandia on the right and Nandiraj and Dantewara on the left. Important water resources project is Upper Indravati dam in Odisha..

Sabari (G-12)

Sabari is the last tributary of the Godavari. It originates at an altitude of 1,220 m in the Sinkaram hill range of the Eastern Ghats in Koraput district of Odisha. After flowing for an initial short distance in north, north-westerly and westerly direction, it turns south and flows in south-westerly direction up to its confluence with the Godavari river in the State of AP near Rudramkota town. Potteru is another important tributary of Sabari joining on the left side. Machkund or Sileru is the major tributary of Sabari on the left bank. Sabari receives some water of Indravati also through natural link of Joura Nalla. The important water resources projects are Upper Kolab dam, Jalaput dam, Machkund PH, Balimela dam, Balimela PH, Potteru weir, Guntwada weir, Upper Sileru PH, Donkarayi dam and Lower Sileru Power house..

A line diagram of Godavari river showing tributaries and select completed and ongoing projects is given

basin map
WATER RESOURCES

Rainfall

As per Joint Report of NRSC and CWC titled “Assessment of Water Resources at Basin Scale Using Space Input” of December, 2011, more than 85% of the rainfall takes place during July to September months. Annual rainfall of the basin varies from 881 mm to 1395 mm and average annual rainfall is found to be 1110 mm. When spatial variations are considered, some areas receive 600 mm and some other areas receive 3000 mm annual rainfall. The aforesaid conclusions are based on rainfall data of 35 years (1973-74 to 2007-08). Central part of the basin receives less rainfall, Indravati, Pranahita, and Sabari receive more rainfall that causes floods in the basin. Most of the years, the basin receives high rainfall in less duration causing floods.

Yield

Water resources assessment of the Godavari basin was carried out by CWC in 1993 using the observed flow at Polavaram of 1967-68 to 1984-85. Based on this data, CWC assessed the average yield of the basin as 110.54 BCM (3903.68 TMC). As per Joint Report of NRSC and CWC titled “Assessment of Water Resources at basin Scale Using Space Input” of December, 2011, the average yield of the basin based on 18 years series of 1990-91 to 2007-08 is 113.09 BCM (3993.74 TMC). Further based on this 18-year series, the 75% dependable yield of the basin is assessed as 88.39 BCM (3121.46 TMC).

ALLOCATION OF GODAVARI WATER TO BASIN STATES

Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal (GWDT) headed by Justice R. S. Bachawat was constituted by the Government of India on 10th April, 1969. GWDT submitted its report and decision in July, 1980. This decision included series of agreements concluded among the party States. GWDT, through series of agreements, allocated water to five basin States namely Maharashtra, Karnataka, erstwhile AP, erstwhile MP and Odisha. After reorganisation of erstwhile AP into the States of AP and Telangana, shares of erstwhile AP in Godavari water have not been reallocated to the States of AP and Telangana so far.

Sl.No Sub-Basins Elevation of Source (MSL) Length (km) Catchment Area (sq km)
1 Upper Godavari (G1) 1067 675 33502
2 Pravara(G2) 1050 208 6537
3 Purna(G3) 838 373 15579
4 Manjira(G4) 823 724 30881
5 Middle Godavari (G5) 323 328 17189
6 Maner(G6) 533 225 13106
7 Penganga(G7) 686 676 23854
8 Wardha(G8) 777 483 24016
9 Pranhita(G9) 640 721 61819
10 Lower Godavari (G10) 107 462 24963
11 Indravati(G11) 914 535 40939
12 Sabari(G12) 1372 418 20427
3,12,812