Kotayar Dam Construction Tramway

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Kotayar Dam Construction Tramway

A dam and headworks, constructed 1897-1906 by the Travancore Public Works Department in the Kanyakumari District, on the Kotayar (now Kodayer River). The Pechiparai Reservoir was formed by the construction of the Pechiparai Dam, which was built across the Kodayar River about 1 mi (1.6 km) below the confluence of the Kallar, Chittar and Kuttiyar tributaries. It was built during the period 1897 - 1906 by the European engineer, Mr. Minchin,(called as mookanthurai by the local people) during the reign of the Travancore Maharaja Moolam Thirunal [1]

The records show that by 1899-9000 an incline tramway of unknown gauge was in use for conveying the mixed concrete to the foundations of the dam. It was so sucessful that during the year it was decided to lay a second tramway [2].


  1. Wikipedia "Pechiparai_Reservoir" ; Retrieved 1 Aug 2017
  2. “Industrial Railways and Locomotives of India and South Asia” compiled by Simon Darvill. Published by ‘The Industrial Railway Society’ 2013. ISBN 978 1 901556 82-7. Available at http://irsshop.co.uk/India. Reference: Entry TN23 page ....