Khadakwasla Dam .January 4, 2021
Khadakwasla Dam is a dam on the Mutha River 21 km (13 mi) from the centre of the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India The dam created a reservoir known as Khadakwasla Lake which is the main source of water for Pune and its suburbs.
In the vicinity of Khadakwasla Dam is the National Defence Academy (NDA), the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), the College of Military Engineering, Pune (CME, Dapodi) and Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS). A few kilometres to the south lies Sinhagad Fort; the twin dams of Panshet and Varasgaon, which mainly supply water for irrigation but also feed into Khadakwasla Lake, lie just 8 km due west of the backwaters of Khadakwasla Lake.
Water Quality :
The backwaters of Khadakwasla Lake, right up to Panshet, Temgarh and Varasgaon dams and lakes, as well as the water in the Ambi/Mutha/Mose river/rivulet do not pass through tenanted areas, limiting induction of pollutants to natural levels. There is no discharge of effluents into these water bodies yet. Filtration of such water is therefore easy and the establishments around Khadakwasla Lake get potable water without much effort. In fact, Lavasa minicity, which was being built on the northern fringe of Varasgaon lake had its construction halted by the Bombay High Court on 7 December 2010, due to its proximity to the lake as it was feared that it could lead to progressive contamination of the water supply to Pune . The dams on the lakes are now turning into tourist spots and the outgoing water might suffer a drop in quality, unless controlled.
Who built the Khadakwasla dam :
Khadakwasla dam was built by Captain Fife RE of the British Army. Due to severe droughts during the 19th century in East Pune, Captain recommended building a high-level reservoir to continue the irrigation works for crop growth. Also, the man-made lake was named after him, Lake Fife.
How can I go to Khadakwasla dam from Pune :
You can go to Khadakwasla dam from Pune by a cab or bus. You can take a bus from Pune and reach Khadakwasla Dam. The closest bus station would be Khadakwasla Dharan bus stop and Khadakwasla Gaon bus stop. Amidst the canopy trees, the bus route ensures a cool, breezy ride.