India, Sept. 18 -- Odisha plans to develop the area around big dams like Hirakud dam to places of learning and recreation spots with museums, audiovisual shows, guided tours, boating and camping facilities, officials said.

Chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, who discussed the modalities of developing the dams into recreational spots at a high-level meeting on Friday, said since the big dams are larger engineering marvels, these can be good spots for learning through pleasure trip activities, more particularly for students.

"The students should be educated about different utilities of a dam including, its eco-system, the process of irrigation, power generation etc. There should be guided tours for the students to the dam and its pe...