|Official name||வைகை அணை|
|Location||Andipatti, Theni district, Tamil Nadu|
|Opening date||29 January 1959|
|Dam and spillways|
|Height||33.8 m (111 ft)|
|Length||3,560 m (11,680 ft)|
|Total capacity||174,000,000 m3 (6.144752010×109 cu ft)|
|Operator(s)||Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited|
|Commission date||3 April 1990|
|Turbines||2 x 3 MW|
|Installed capacity||6 MW|
The Vaigai Dam is built across the Vaigai River near Andipatti, in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu, southern India. It provides water for irrigation for the Madurai district and the Dindigul district as well as drinking water to Madurai and Andipatti. Near the dam, the Government of Tamil Nadu has constructed an Agricultural Research Station for researching the growing of a variety of crops, including rice, sorghum, blackgram, cowpea and cotton.
The dam is illuminated every Sunday as it is one of the premier picnic destinations in the region.
A significant improvement needed on the important spot of the park required on the elephant slide and painting the map model in the children park will definitely attract more visitors.
Vaigai Dam Park
A Small and beautiful park is maintained by the Water Resources Department on both sides of the Dam. A small bridge connects the two sides of the park in front of the dam. The park also have a children play area.
A mini train which takes the visitors a small round around the park till date was good to see.
A new addition is the pedal boating nearby the train was good. Everyone can enjoy it.
Vaigai Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant
Vaigai Hydroelectric Power Plant was design capacity of 6 MW. It has 2 unit(s) of 3 MW each. The first unit was commissioned in 1990 . It is operated by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO).
Vaigai Dam is one of the 104 dams in Tamil Nadu that is proposed to be improved under the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project ( DRIP).
By Road:The dam is situated at 7 km from Andipatti, 14 km from Theni and 70 km from Madurai.
By Train:The nearest railway station is Dindigal station which is located 61 km away from the dam. The Railway station in Theni is not functioning.
By Air:The nearest airport is Madurai Airport(IXM) which is 80 km away from the Dam. Air connectivity is available from Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Vijayawada. International connectivity is available to Colombo, Dubai and Singapore.
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