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Brief Profile

Damodar Valley Corporation, popularly known as DVC, came into being on July 7, 1948 by an Act of the Constituent Assembly (Act No. XIV of 1948) as the first multipurpose river valley project of independent India.

At the time of its inception, the objectives were flood control, provision of water for irrigation and other uses, generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, eco-conservation and afforestation and socio-economic well being of the people residing in and around DVC Projects. However, with the passage of time and shift in National priorities, power generation with associated transmission and bulk distribution activities gained priority in DVC in view of its locational advantage. Other objectives of DVC, however, received due attention and services as part of its overall responsibility.


To establish DVC as a mega pithead power producer and distributor in the Eastern Region and become a facilitator for all - round growth of the region enriching the quality of lives of people.

Corporate Objectives

1) Generate more power at lowest possible cost by improving operational efficiencies of the existing plants, rejuvenating old generating units through Renovation & Modernization with life extension as well as by installing new generating plants.

2) Transmit, distribute and supply reliable and quality power at competitive tariff.

3) Improve the financial health of the corporation by adoption of efficient industrial, commercial and human resource management practice.

4) Ensure optimum utilization of available water resources through effective and efficient management and harnessing the remaining potential of Damodar basin to the extent possible.

5) Fortify measures for environmental protection at plant level and continue with the activities of eco-conservation in the valley area.

6) Strengthen socio-economic development for the inhabitants of the villages neighbouring major projects of DVC.

DVC Board

DVC Board functions under the chairmanship of Chairman, DVC with two other members, one each nominated by the governments of West Bengal and Jharkhand. The Board meetings are held at regular intervals and all major decisions of the Corporation are taken in the board meetings.


Generation of Electricity

DVC as on date operates five coal based thermal power stations, three hydel power stations and one gas turbine station with aggregate generating capacity of 2604 MW.

Transmission and Distribution of Electricity

For supply of generated power from its power stations to the consumers, DVC has developed a vast network of 220 KV and 132 KV Transmission and Distribution system consisting of around 4,761 circuit Km Transmission Lines, and 44 Sub-stations.

Moreover, along with generation capacity addition, the work for expansion of the existing Transmission and Distribution (T&D) network of DVC during 10th Plan, in line with master plan devised by CEA including strengthening of existing network, has been taken up. The programme includes addition of 1,686 circuit Km of 220 KV and 74 circuit Km of 132 KV Transmission lines and 11 no. 220 KV and 4 no. 132 KV Substations.

Water Resource Management

For flood control and irrigation, DVC has developed a network of four dams, one barrage and a canal network (Brief details at Exhibit – I). The barrage at Durgapur and the canal network have been handed over to Govt. of West Bengal for management and operation in 1964.

DVC dams are capable of moderating floods of 6.5 lakh cusecs to 2.5 lakh cusecs. The gross irrigation command area of DVC is 5.69 lakh hectares.

Release of water from DVC reservoirs at Maithon and Panchet for flood moderation, irrigation and supply to other consumers is made in consonance with the decisions arrived at by the Damodar Valley Reservoir Regulation Committee (DVRRC) based on the collected data and flood forecasting by the Flood Forecasting Unit (FFU) and Reservoir Operation and Control Unit (ROC) at Maithon. The committee functions under the chairmanship of Member (RM), Central Water Commission with members from the State governments of West Bengal and Jharkhand and from DVC.

As part of its expansion activities, DVC has submitted the revised feasibility report for Balpahari project to the State governments of West Bengal and Jharkhand and to Central Water Commission under the Central Government in March, 2001. In addition, Central Water Commission has been entrusted with the work of investigation and comprehensive study for unified development of the Damodar river basin with particular objectives of flood control, irrigation and hydel power generation.

Eco-Conservation and Afforestation

DVC happens to be the first river valley authority to take up watershed management and related activities on a regular and sustained basis. Watershed management is mainly oriented at control of soil erosion in the upper valley area through an integrated programme and at the same time for increasing the life of DVC reservoirs by reducing the flow of debris that lead to siltation in dams. The integrated programme includes afforestation, soil treatment, construction of check dams, land protection/reclamation and rehabilitation of denuded forests. DVC has so far constructed more than 16000 check dams and silt detention structures creating a further irrigation potential of around 45,000 hectares in the State of Jharkhand.

Concern for Community

As part of its commitment for socio-economic development of inhabitants in the area within ten kilometers around main projects, DVC launched ‘Social Integration Programme’ in 1981. The programme broadly covers development of agriculture, education, health, self employment, social forestry, sports and culture, infrastructure and rural electrification.

Services provided and Offered By DVC

1) Moderation of floods through four dams at Tilaiya, Konar, Maithon and Panchet.

2) Supply of water for irrigation during kharif, rabi and boro cultivation.

3) Supply of water for non-agricultural use.

4) Supply of electricity in bulk quantity at voltage levels of 33 KV, 132 KV and 220 KV.

5) Export of surplus generated power to the deficit regions of the country after meeting demands of own consumers.

6) Captive coal mining at Bermo to meet part requirement of coal for DVC plants.

7) Management of environment and pollution control in and around the Thermal Power Plants of DVC as per environmental laws.

8) Protect, conserve and judiciously manage the natural resources of Damodar Valley.

9) Socio-economic development of the inhabitants of villages within a radius of 10 kms around the main projects of DVC.

Advantages of DVC power

1) Simple procedure for getting service connection for power supply - ‘Single Window System’ at the office of the Chief Engineer (Commercial), DVC, Kolkata.

2) Assured quality with minimum interruption.

3) Quick response and prompt services against breakdowns.

4) Reasonable and competitive tariff.

5) Rebate on improved power factor

Grievance redressal mechanism

All grievances relating to power and water supply is being addressed by the Chief Engineer (Commercial), DVC, Kolkata.

For all other public grievances, the Senior Joint Secretary, DVC, Kolkata is the authority to approach.

Access to information

Information about DVC including Power System, Water Management, Commercial Activities, Performance Highlights, Growth Plan, Notifications etc. are available in DVC website: www.dvc.gov.in. Information can also be collected from the Chief Public Relations Officer, DVC, Kolkata or from local DVC Offices on written request.

Review of the charter

This charter shall be reviewed every year for modifications, if necessary, based on the feedbacks received.

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