Alamatti Dam in Bijapur
Alamatti Dam also known as Lal Bahadur Shastri dam is one of the most important dam projects in Karnataka state built across the Krishna River. It is considered as a new dam, since the construction of this dam was started in the year 2005. This dam is used for various purposes such as irrigation, water supply and generation of hydroelectricity and it has the capacity of 290MW hydroelectricity generation per year. This dam has totally twenty six gates. The facilities used by the Alamatti are five 55 MW generators and one 15 MW generator and the target annual electric output of the Alamatti dam is 560 MU. After the usage of water for power generation, it has been released to Narayanpur reservoir to serve the downstream irrigation needs.
This dam is an essential reservoir of the upper Krishna project and the main aim of this project is to provide irrigation to the drought prone areas of Bijapur, Bagalkot, Gulbarga, Raichur and Koppal. Bagalkot and Bijapur districts of Karnataka state sharing the water of Krishna River for irrigation purposes. In the initial stages of this project, the estimated cost were projected as Rs.14.70 billion, but the transfer of this project to the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) reduced the cost by over fifty percent of this estimated amount.
KPCL finally completed this project at even lower cost of 5.20 billion and the entire dam was finished in less than forty months. Alamatti dam is located on the edge of Bagalkot district and Bijapur district. Geographically it is located in the Bijapur district but large areas of Bagalkot district have also been submerged due to filling of this reservoir. Alamatti dam holds a storage capacity of 130 TMC at 519 meters MSL. The height of Alamatti dam is 52.26 metres and the length is 1565.15 metres. It is located between the geographical co-ordinates of 16.331°N 75.888°E and the catchment area of the dam is spread in 33,375 sq km and surface area is spread in 24,230 hectares.
Attractions at Alamatti Dam BijapurAlamatti is a pretty tourist place to see in Bijapur. Enjoying the water flow of Alamatti dam is just like seeing a natural water fall. The building of this dam is designed and constructed in a manner that it attracts every visitor to come here again and again.
There are seven terraced gardens near Alamatti Dam, developed as a picnic spot in this dam area. The Upper Krishna project nearby this dam is also beautiful place full of civil engineering. The seven terrace gardens developed in this dam site are Rock Hill Garden, Mughal Garden, Krishna Garden, Italian Earlier Style Garden, Italian Later Style Garden and French Garden. There are two parks in Alamatti Dam site include Gopal Krishna park and Lavakush park.
The Rock Hill Garden is one of the most attractive gardens in this dam site. There are many interesting sectors to see in this garden like lake area, children’s park, Dinosaur park and reptile sector. Rock Hill garden have a lawn hedge, ground cover, a beautiful flower bed, shrub planting, herb planting and tree planting sectors here. There is an artificial forest with ceramic wild animals and birds and many idols representing village life of India in the Rock Garden at Alamatti Dam.
The Mughal Garden at Alamatti dam site is modeled on Mughal garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi and it spreads over 33 acres of land with beautiful landscapes exotic plants, musical fountains and the swift flowing Krishna. Another important attraction in this dam site is the Krishna Park. This park is located just opposite to the ARBC jack well and the location of this park has its own scenic beauty. The theme of this garden is taken from the inspiration of Krishna River. The pranks, mischief and the cleverness of Lord Krishna are elaborated artistically in this garden attracts every visitors.
Just like Krisha Raj Sagar dam in Mysore boating facilities are available in this dam site. Beautiful music fountains in this garden always attracts the tourist and this music fountains are some of the most beautiful fountains in the state of Karnataka and there are many other entertainment facilities in this Dam site.