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.
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.
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.
Transmit, distribute and supply
reliable and quality power at competitive
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.
Fortify measures for environmental
protection at plant level and continue with the
activities of eco-conservation in the valley area.
Strengthen socio-economic development for
the inhabitants of the villages neighbouring
major projects of 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.
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.
and Distribution of Electricity
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
provided and Offered By DVC
Moderation of floods through four dams at Tilaiya,
Konar, Maithon and Panchet.
Supply of water for irrigation during kharif, rabi
and boro cultivation.
Supply of water for non-agricultural use.
Supply of electricity in bulk quantity at voltage
levels of 33 KV, 132 KV and 220 KV.
Export of surplus generated power to the deficit
regions of the country after meeting demands of
Captive coal mining at Bermo to meet part requirement
of coal for DVC plants.
Management of environment and pollution control
in and around the Thermal Power Plants of DVC as
per environmental laws.
Protect, conserve and judiciously manage the natural
resources of Damodar Valley.
Socio-economic development of the inhabitants of
villages within a radius of 10 kms around the main
projects of DVC.
of DVC power
Simple procedure for getting service connection
for power supply - ‘Single Window System’ at the
office of the Chief Engineer (Commercial), DVC,
Assured quality with minimum interruption.
Quick response and prompt services against breakdowns.
Reasonable and competitive tariff.
Rebate on improved power factor
grievances relating to power and water supply is
being addressed by the Chief Engineer (Commercial),
all other public grievances, the Senior Joint Secretary,
is the authority to approach.
about DVC including Power System, Water Management,
Commercial Activities, Performance Highlights, Growth
Plan, Notifications etc. are available in DVC website:
Information can also be collected from the Chief
Public Relations Officer, DVC, Kolkata or from local
DVC Offices on written request.
of the charter
charter shall be reviewed every year for modifications,
if necessary, based on the feedbacks received.