Koldam dam is constructed on the Satluj River and is almost 18 kilometers away from Bilaspur. It is called one of the most visited attractions in Bilaspur. This dam is an example of the magnificent creation of engineering. This is why engineering buffs are drawn here. Koldam dam is surrounded by natural beauty and is often visited by picnic lovers. It is a great place for a short escape from one’s busy life. A top view of this gigantic dam is mesmerizing and a visit to this reservoir under the blue sky is a sight to die for. The natural serenity of this dam and the massive engineering creation must be explored.
The Nation Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) built this Dam to produce hydroelectric power. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Prime Minister of India of that time, established the founding stone of this dam in 2000, June. But it took almost 15 years to complete the construction of this dam due to some environmental and habitat issues. As a great example of preservation and innovation in India, this dam still stands firm and robust. It is praiseworthy that how the workers involved in this dam project continued to work even after facing many issues while building it. They did not leave it halfway and incomplete. Parents take their kids to educate them about the struggles of life and take a lesson from the history of this dam. The Koldam dam is a miracle in itself and a visit to this dam cannot be missed.
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History of Koldam Dam
In 2000, the erection of this dam was announced. The founding stone of Koldam dam was placed by the Prime Minister of India Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The dam required huge acres of land which included almost 68 villages. Engineers from various countries like Italy and Thailand were invited to work together with the Indian engineers’ team. A huge amount of money was approved for the project, which was approximately INR 4,527 crore. But they had to stop their work mid-way due to cost overrunning and environmental-geological issues like the unrest caused by rehabilitation, visa problem, and internal/underground seepages. The dam also submerged a pilgrimage site, the hot water spring, located in Tatta Pani. So the commissioning of the dam was rescheduled from 2009 to 2015.
Structure of Koldam Dam
Koldam dam is 320 meters high and the foundation is almost 167 meters tall. The total height of this dam is 474 meters. It is 14 meters wide. 12,000,000 m3 is the total volume of the dam which has six radial gates. 16,500 m3 per second is the capacity of the spillway. The dam has a total capacity of 560,000,000 m3 and its height is 642 meters. The Hydroelectric Power Plant generates 800MW with its four turbines. Each turbine has the capacity of generating 200MW
Best Time To Visit Koldam Dam
The best time to visit the dam will be during the months of May to October. From October to February in Winter the surroundings of the dam are covered with snow and from March to May during summer people can enjoy boat riding and other water activities.
Tips For Visiting Koldam Dam
The dam offers a marvelous view to the visitors. The natural grandeur is mesmerizing.
One must carry snacks, packed food items, and water while visiting because there are no stalls or food stations selling food or water on the way.
Tourists can also visit the power plants, but for that they need permission.
How to Reach Koldam Dam
The dam is almost 18 kilometers away from Bilaspur. The best way to reach this dam will be with taxies. These are the best mode of public transport available here. One can also take the NTPC Koldam road to reach Koldam dam by private vehicles.