(Last Updated on : 24/02/2012)
Pechiparai Reservoir is sited approximately 43 kilometers from the town of Nagercoil and near the village of Pechiparai. The reservoir is situated in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, India. The reservoir was created by the construction of the Pechiparai Dam, which was built across the River Kodayar about a mile downstream the confluence of the tributaries Chittar, Kallar and Kuttiyar. The European Engineer, Mr Minchin, built this reservoir during the period 1897 - 1906; during the reign of the Travancore Maharaja Moolam Thirunal.
The original cost of construction of the Pechiparai Reservoir was rupees 26.1 Lakhs in the late 19th century. The catchment area of the reservoir is around 207.19 Sq km, and the depth is almost 14.63 meters. The Dam is a straight gravity type stonework dam of 425.5 meter long and 120.70 meter high above the deepest foundation.
The water of the Pechiparai Reservoir is used for both irrigation of crops and for drinking purposes, which has led to the conflict between farmers who want to use all the water for their crops. However the local authorities have rebelled against this act, since they do not have another place to draw drinking water. The reservoir is surrounded by hills of the Western Ghats, and is a picturesque place.
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