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
Best Time To Visit
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
offers a marvelous view to the visitors. The natural grandeur is mesmerizing.
carry snacks, packed food items, and water while visiting because there are no
stalls or food stations selling food or water on the way.
can also visit the power plants, but for that they need permission.
How to Reach Koldam
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.