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Maharashtra Kolkewadi Dam
Kolkewadi Dam is prominent one in Maharashtra state of India sine it was formally inaugurated in the year 1975. Geographically this region coordinates at 17°28′23″N 73°38′38″E, and so is the presence of this dam in the locality leaves bigger impact in the region’s growth prospects. As a spillways dam it has bigger contributions in terms of irrigation and hydroelectricity generation for that its 63.3 meters high and 497 meters lengthy suffice caters to the important needs of the whole area.
Ever since Kolkewadi Dam project was worked out and the task began further, this step was then considered a big leap for the area’s growth. Famous Vashishti River had been chosen for such purpose for the dam’s construction. Being an integral part of the Konkan region, Kolkewadi Dam has literally changed the outlook of Ratnagiri district of this state. The closeness of this dam at mere three kilometres from the Alore village near Chiplun has turned it into a major tourist destination as well where large chunk of visitors keep arriving throughout the year.
Incepted more than three decades ago, Kolkewadi Dam is an important part of the Koyna Hydroelectric Project and it serves this region through being a major contributor for the 3rd stage power generation to make the region self-reliant in the hydroelectricity generation. In fact such steps are historic and have changed the scenario in the region to cater to the area’s important needs of irrigation as well as electricity which are two ardent needs.
Effect of the Project
Kolkewadi Dam have left too much positive impact on the inhabitants in and around this district and the rest parts of the state as well. Generating electricity is one such factor and so is the role of this dam in easing supply of irrigation water to facilitate best of agriculture planning for overall growth of the region. Its underground power station situated at the dam’s base has left bigger impact on the area that welcomes multifaceted growth over the period.
An important role which Kolkewadi Dam has been playing since its formal operation is to generate hydroelectricity in the region. As it has been recorded recently this dam has the capacity of generating 3rd stage project of 320 MW power generation too. Owned and controlled by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB), it is a big project for power generation and is in the notice due to its exemplary contribution in the electricity generation sector.
Tapping Dead Storage Potential
Kolkewadi Dam has good storage potential and is known in the area for its unique features to turn the region self-sufficient in all respects.
The location nearby Kolkewadi Dam has already become one of the fast growing tourist attractions today. Although the locality behind this dam maintains sparse population due to relocation of masses as part of this project’s inception but it still emerged as an important place which seeks attention of visitors. The dam spillway locates at the central part of this dam. Three circular gates of this dam makes it a major location.
Several other attractions are there which mesmerize all visitors who equally get impressed seeing remarkable role of this dam for area’s fast progress. Likewise, the dam has also become major tourist destination, so are impressive its nearby places.