Farakka Barrage is a barrage across the Ganges River, positioned in Murshidabad district within the Indian country of West Bengal, kind of 16.5 kilometres from the border with Bangladesh close to Chapai Nawabganj District. Farakka Barrage Township is placed in Farakka in Murshidabad district. Construction turned into started out in 1961 and finished in 1975 at a cost of 156.49 crore. Operations started out on 21 April 1975. The barrage is ready 2,240 metres long. The Feeder Canal from the barrage to the Bhagirathi-Hooghly River is ready 25 miles long. The barrage changed into built by using Hindustan Construction Company. Out of 109 gates, 108 are over the river and the 109th one over the low-mendacity land in Malda, as a precaution.
The Barrage serves water to the Farakka Super Thermal Power Station. There also are sixty small canals which can divert a few water to other locations for ingesting functions and so on. The reason of the barrage is to divert 1,100 cubic metres per 2d of water from the Ganges to the Hooghly River for flushing out the sediment deposition from the Kolkata harbour with out the want of normal mechanical dredging. After commissioning the venture, it become located that the diverted water waft from the Farakka barrage turned into now not adequate to flush the sediment from the river satisfactorily.