Balimela Dam is in Malkangiri District, which is 35 kms, from the east of Malkangiri. A Hydro-electric Project has been established near about the Town jointly by the Government of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. A dam is being constructed at Chitrakonda, 25 kms. from Balimela across the river Sileru. The total inflow into the reservoir is shared equally by the two Governments. The share of the Andhara Pradesh Government is flow downstream the river while that of Onssa Government is diverted to a high head power some 15 kms. south of Balimela. It is estimated that the power-house is generating 240,000 KW at 60% load factor. The tail water is subsequently utilised for irrigation about 2.4 lakh acres of land in Malkangiri and Motu plains.
How to Reach:
Visakhapatnam Airport is the nearest airport to reach Malkangiri and is 270 Kilometers away from Malkangiri by road.
Jeypore (Koraput District) is the nearest railway station that is also connected by bus services to Malkangiri and about 110 Kilometers away from Malkangiri district HQ.
Balimela is situated 30 Kilometers away from District Headqaurter of Malkangiri.The Bus services are available from Malkangiri and Jeypore.