The Damodar river also known as the Deonadi in its initial reaches is one of the
most important rivers to join the Ganga on its right bank, east of the Sone. The
Damodar rises in the south-east corner in the hills of the Chottanagpur Plateau
of the Palamau district of Bihar at an elevation of 1366m.
It joins the Hugli river 48 km south of Kolkata with the length of 541 km and
drainage area of 22,000 Sq.km.
The geographical extent of the Damodar sub-basin lies between 84°
35' to 88° 20'
east longitudes and 21° 44' to 24° 25' north latitudes of the
country. The Damodar sub-basin of Ganga basin has a total catchment area of
41965 Sq.km. The main river is the Damodar and the
Usri, the Barakar and the Kasai is the other tributaries that are
draining in Damodar sub-basin. It drains into the states of Jharkhand and West
Bengal. The sub basin map is shown
The river has been tamed through DVC multi-purpose project which
is providing significant contribution in the economic development of the area.