(Last Updated on : 10-03-2015)
Rangeet River is a tributary of the Teesta River
, the largest river
in the Sikkim state of India
. Rangeet River is also spelled as Rangit River. The Rangeet Dam
is built on this river which started operating since 2000. The reservoir which has been built behind the dam is developed into a recreational water
park named 'Rangit Water World'. It provides various recreational facilities like fishing, boating and rafting.
Flowing of Rangeet River
The river begins its course from the Himalayan Mountains
in West Sikkim district. A perpetual river, Rangeet is fed by the melting snow of the Himalayas in early summer, and the monsoon rains in July-August. The convoluted river joins the Teesta at Teesta Bazaar on the periphery of West Bengal
and Sikkim. During its final few kilometres, it forms the boundary between these two states. Rangeet River has the NHPC hydel plant of 60 MW capacities. The river flows past the towns of Pelling
The Rangeet Dam is built on Rangeet River in South Sikkim district of Sikkim. The project's construction was completed in 1999 and started operating since 2000. The dam is situated at a distance of 130 kilometres from Siliguri
and 70 kilometres from Gangtok
. It is 45 metres high concrete gravity structure of 100 metres length. The reservoir constructed behind the dam has a storage capacity of 1,175,000 cubic metres. The reservoir is used for hydropower generation at a surface Powerhouse situated on the left bank of the Rangeet River. The Rathong Chu, Rimbi Chu, Prek Chu, Ralli Chu, Rongdon Chu and Kayam Chu are the important snow-fed rivers which constitute the Rangit basin above the dam site.
Attractions of Rangeet River
Rangeet River is popular among rafting enthusiasts because of its turbulent waters. It offers wonderful rafting opportunities to both beginners and experts. The river provides calm stretches that ensure safe rafting. The banks of the river are enveloped by thick forest cover. Certain areas of the banks are used for terrace farming. The waters of this river is home to fishes like the Mahaseer
, Katla, Trout
, Asla and other species of Cat Fishes.