Monday, August 27, 2012

Kansbahal Dam - Rourkela - Kansbahal - Odisha - A Famous Picnic Place

Kansbahal Dam:

It is roughly around 6 Km's from the entry point to L&T campus. It is build for irrigation. The place is awesome and can be an ideal weekend retreat. The dam is build on a gorge that once housed a small village, but that is history now. You can still see the branches sticking out of water. It is bulit on numerous streams, the major one being ghoghar river, which meanders its way and pours out into the Sankh river at water point. A must visit if you live nearby.

How to Reach Kansbahal Dam?

Reach Kansbahal which is about 20 kms from Rourkela on State Highway 10. Take a left turn and road will lead to L & T Residential Colony and then reach Kansbahal Railway Station. A right turn (near the Railway Cabin)before the station will lead straight to the Dam.Its hardly 5 kms from the SH-10.

Pitamahal Dam - Rourkela - Kalunga - Odisha - A Famous Picnic Place

Pitamahal Dam:

It is one of the popular picnic spot in rourkela. It is 16km far from Vedvyas.It is so nearer to Kaluga.

Pitamahal Dam has been constructed near village Balanda of Kuarmunda Tahasil in Sundargarh District at a distance of 16 km from Vedvyas. The dam has been completed in the year 1978 across river Pitamahal, a tributary of river Sankha which meet river Koel upstream of Panposh to form river Brahmani. The total length of the dam which includes the spillway and the non-overflow section of the dam on both sides of spillway is 660.20 m. The overflow section i.e. spillway length is 45.72m. Length of masonry dam which includes non-overflow section and spillway is 115.83m. Earth dam length is 498.65m. The maximum height of the dam is 25.96 m.

There are two Head Regulators on both side of Main River. The left head regulator is located in the masonry dam and non-overflow section having circular vent of 0.11m dia. The right head regulator is located in the main earth dam and the vent size is 1.22m dia. The catchment area is 104 square KM. The Inflow design flood is 501.21 cubic meter/sec.

A reservoir project with earthen and masonry dam across the Pitamahal River in Sundergarh district intercepts a catchment area of 102 km2. The project is designed to irrigate 4,261 ha of CCA which includes 2,630 ha in Kharif season and 1,631 ha in Rabi season. The gross and live storage capacity of the project are 27.68 and 24.00 Mm3 respectively.

How to reach there ?

The visitors may visit this place at any time. Just go to Kalunga Village Road and then take a right turn where a hoarding board mentioned about Pitamahal Dam.

Mandira Dam - Rourkela - Odisha- A Famous Picnic Place

Mandira Dam:

Mandira dam has been constructed by Hirakud Project Authority during 1957 – 1959 across river Sankh, a tributary of the Brahmani river at Lat. 220 16′ N & Long. 840 40′ E. The earth dam is a zoned embankment of 426.72 m length with gate-controlled spillway on right saddle. Maximum height of earth dam is 35.38 m from the deepest foundation level. The dam is exclusively meant for the purpose of storing water for supply to the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) located about 24 km downstream in river course. A regulated supply of water of 100 cusecs is being released through an outlet sluice of size 8’ X 8’. A weir is constructed across the river Brahmani near Rourkela and water is being pumped out from the pond to plant area. The total length of its spillway is 243.14m with 11 nos. of radial gates of size 15.5 x 6.1m each.

This place is around 3 kilometer from SH – 10 junction near Laing chowk and around 35 kms from Rourkela and 19 km from Vedavyash Chowk, 6 km from Rajgangpur (Ranibandh) chowk on SH. The dam has been built at a point where the river enters a gorge flanked by hills and presents a picturesque sight.

There is one guest house for VIP visitors. It is under the Water Supply Department, Rourkela Steel Plant. A circular road connects the Guest Houses located at a considerable height with the main entrance where an officer issue permits to the visitor to enter the Dam area. As a visitor stands on the terrace of the Guest House or moves chain of Hills at a distance varying from 15km to 30 km. The cement factory at Rajgangpur is clearly visible on the left horizon, as one stands facing the reservoir. The whole environment is highly refreshing . It is a nice place for holidaying. A beautifull garden on the dam site is another attraction for the visitors. There is boating facilities in the reservoir.

How to reach there ?

The visitors may visit this place after getting necessary permission from Rourkela Steel Plant, Public Relation Office.