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Maharashtra Panshet Dam
Panshet Dam had been constructed in Maharashtra state of India in its Velhe Pune district. Geographically coordinating at 18°23′15″N 73°36′46″E the dam opened and made operational in 1972. State government of Maharashtra owns this spillway dam which had been constructed under earth-fill dam type. Gravity of this dam is well measured through assessing its 63.56 m or 208.5 ft., height and 1,039m or 3,409 ft., length. Total volume of 4,190 km3 or 1,010 cu mi makes it huge project on Ambi River from where it offers excellent services to the nation.
Historically speaking, Panshet Dam is best known as Tanajisagar Dam too whose construction on Ambi River is strategic. This dam is located at a distance of approximately 50 kilometers from western Indian city of Pune which is known for its industrial development. Constructed in late 1950s this dam serves this state in particular and the country in general by offering irrigation solutions and with ample hydroelectricity generation.
This dam is in line with three dams close to it which include Varasgaon, Temghar and Khadakwasla dams respectively. An important role of this dam is that it is the key source of supplying drinking water to nearby Pune city.
Effect of the Project
It is undeniable fact that Panshet Dam has left an impeccable impact on the nearby areas through supplying drinking water, irrigation resources and last but not the least hydroelectricity generation. Equally has this dam caused few damages in this area which was once too much problematic and unmanageable. Take the case of resettlement once this project was incepted and secondly it getting burst just one year after inauguration in the year 1961 which caused big damages.
Reinforced cement concrete was used to resolve this issue which had literally caused a disaster in the Pune city through it causing the massive flooding. It was worst impact ever which is still remembered due to that scenario worth mentioning as it caused losses to the lives and properties.
Panshet Dam is known for its primary role of irrigation and drinking water supply. Equally does this dam remains in notice for hydroelectricity generation. It paved the way for supplying water to nearby regions to smoothen developments thereafter. It has brought ample revolution in power generation and supply. Both irrigation and water supply are two prime sources for that this dam had been constructed but hydroelectricity generation is another key source that was introduced over the time.
Tapping Dead Storage Potential
Huge trapping dead storage potential of Panshet Dam keeps it apart and makes it a truly focused one for overall growth and success post its first casualty caused mere one year after inauguration. At 63.56m or 208.5 ft., height from base, Panshet Dam has total length of 1,039m or 3,409 ft., length. Total volume content of dam at 4,190 km3 or 1,010 cu mi makes it huge project where 303,000.00 m3 or 10,700,344cu ft., gross storage capacity turns it a project which created revolution.
As Panshet Dam is located nearby Pune city it is an important location for tourism activities. Distance between this dam and Pune city is just 30 kilometers while the biggest metropolitan city of Mumbai is at 180 kilometers that makes it key location to explore for tourism purpose. It is an important place for adventure activities and so does it keep visitors engaged through huge structure which captivate attention of each and every individual the moment one visits this dam or nearby areas. Some of the notable places which makeup important attractions of this area and especially the landmark of Panshet Dam are as follows:-
- Panshet Lake
- Sahyadri mountains
- Panshet Water Park
The list is long as explorers have ample opportunity to evaluate and explore it especially Panshet Dam and surrounding areas for once-in-a-lifetime experience.