Dams in Asansol
Asansol in the state of West Bengal is well thought-out as one of the budding cities in India. This place has a number of tourist spots such as parks, dams and various other religious locations. There are two well-known dams located nearby Asansol city. These two places are considered to be beautiful getaways for one day trip, away from the busy crowd of the city. They are:
- Maithon Dam
- Panchet Dam
Maithon Dam near Asansol
The Maithon Dam is located at Maithon, which is about 30 kms from Asansol city of West Bengal and around 48 kms from Dhanbad district of Jharkhand. The dam got its name from the name of the town “Maithan”, which means “mother’s abode”. Mai or Mother refers to the powerful divinity of Goddess Kalyaneshwari or Maa Durga of the legendary temple of Kalyaneshwari. This Kalyaneshwari temple is located just about 6 km away from the Maithon Dam. A visit to this dam and the temple can be made in one single trip.
The dam is constructed over the mighty river Baraker. It is a part of the most successful river valley projects in India, the famous Damodar Valley Corporation. It is one of the four dams but in fact the largest reservoir in the Damodar Valley Corporation. In addition, it comprises of an exclusive underground power station, which is itself first of its kind within the whole Southern Asia.
The Maithon Dam is famed for its natural picturesque exquisiteness. Blue water with green hills in the backdrop and masses of vivid flowers for sure is the main reason to attract a number of tourists from all over the country. But, photography is strictly prohibited in this area for the visitors. Specifically quoted as the 'Koylaanchal (Coal Belt) ka Kashmir', this dam is considered as one of the most beautiful dam in India.
The Maithon dam is principally used for the following purposes:
- Controlling flood
- Promoting the operation of various schemes designed for irrigation
- Water supply for domestic, household and various other industrial uses
- Navigation and drainage facilities
- Production, transmission and delivery of electrical power
Statistics of the Maithon Dam
- Lenght: 15,712 ft (4,789 m)
- Height: 165 ft (50 m)
Panchet Dam near Asansol
Panchet dam is another important dam out of the four multi-purpose dams constructed in the Damodar Valley Corporation. The dam is raised over the huge river Damodar in the year 1959. The Panchet dam is located in the town Panchet which about 54 kilometres from Dhanbad district in the state of Jharkhand. It is about 9 kms from Chirkunda on Grand Trunk Road. Tourist can easily find their way to this place as it is very transportation convenient tourism spot. The nearest railway station to this place is to be found at Kumardhubi, which is almost 10 kms away. Moreover, it is only 20 km from Asansol and almost 240 km from the city of Kolkata.
The Panchet dam area is a very peaceful and lonely place. With the beautiful Panchet hill at the background, this place is chosen to be a great place of interest for picnickers. The spellbinding view during sunset is quite a treat to its visitors. The perfect time to visit this place is during the end of the monsoon season or at the beginning of winter days. During monsoon the water level of the tank is quite high and the gates of the dam are unlocked to let the water out, providing a mesmerizing view for the sightseers. It proves to be a wonderful getaway for people who want to haste away for few hours and unwind themselves from the busy city life full of pollution.
The Panchet dam is primarily used for the following purposes:
- Governing and controlling flood
- Promoting fish culture
- Reserving and supplying of water to various irrigation projects