Panshet Dam

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Panshet Dam
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Panshet Dam
Panshet Dam is located in Maharashtra
Panshet Dam
Location of Panshet Dam in India Maharashtra
Official name Panshet Dam
Tanajisagar Dam
Location Velhe Pune District, Maharashtra, India
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Opening date 1972
Owner(s) Government of Maharashtra, India
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Earthfill
Impounds Ambi river
Height 63.56 m (208.5 ft)
Length 1,039 m (3,409 ft)
Dam volume 4,190 km3 (1,010 cu mi)

Panshet Dam, also called Tanajisagar Dam, is a dam on the Ambi river about 50 km 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,[1] causing massive flooding in Pune. An estimated 1000 people died from the resulting flood.[2]


It is about 50 km from Pune and about 180  km from Mumbai.


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 (1,010 cu mi) and gross storage capacity is 303,000.00 m3 (10,700,344 cu ft).[3]


  • Irrigation
  • Water supply


  • Panshet Lake

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

Panshet Water Park is a water sports centre.

See also


  1. "What went wrong at Panshet dam?". dna. Retrieved 10 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "July 12, 1961... - Sakal Times". Retrieved 10 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Specifications of large dams in India

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