The Tehri Dam was build with the purpose to have the power generation capacity of 2400 MW, thus catering to the irrigation requirements to an area of 270,000 hectares. A supply of 270 million gallons of drinking water per day to the industrialized areas of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand is another major responsibility of the dam. Koteshwar is another smaller dam, constructed 14 km downstream that produces around 400 MW of electricity, and is also a part of the TDP hydroelectric plan. More than 1 billion US dollars has been spent on the construction of the Tehri Dam.
The Tehri Dam has been the issue of active protestation by ecological organizations and local people of the province. More than 100,000 people from the area were relocated to places with their resettlement rights. Finally, the project was completed quite late.
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