|Official name||Panshet Dam |
|Location||Velhe Pune District, Maharashtra, India|
|Owner(s)||Government of Maharashtra, India|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||Earthfill|
|Height||63.56 m (208.5 ft)|
|Length||1,039 m (3,409 ft)|
|Dam volume||4.190 km3 (1.005 cu mi)|
Panshet Dam, also called Tanajisagar Dam, is a dam on the Ambi river about 50 km (31 mi) southwest of the city of Pune in western India. The dam was constructed in late 1950s for irrigation and, along with three other dams nearby, Varasgaon, Temghar and Khadakwasla, it supplies drinking water to Pune. Panshet Dam burst in its first year of storing water on 12 July 1961, when the dam wall burst, because of the total absence of mandatory reinforced cement concrete (RCC) strengthening, causing massive flooding in Pune. An estimated 1,000 people died from the resulting flood.
The height of the dam above its lowest foundation is 63.56 m (208.5 ft) while the length is 1,039 m (3,409 ft). The volume content is 4.190 km3 (1.005 cu mi) and gross storage capacity is 303,000 m3 (10,700,000 cu ft).
Panshet is one of the famous picnic spots of Pune and attracts many visitors from Mumbai. The lake is made because of the backwater from the Panshet Dam; from the dam, tourists can see the Sahyadri mountains.
Panshet Water Park is a water sports center.
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