Kolab Dam is a gravity dam in the Koraput district of Odisha, India, near Jeypore. The dam impounds the Kolab river, a tributary of the Godavari.
Hydro Electric Project :
The beautiful Kolab Reservoir, which generates hydroelectric power and is located at an altitude of around 914.4 m (3,000 ft) above sea level on the river Kolab, a branch of the Godavari river, is 646 m (2,119 ft) long and 55 m (180 ft) tall.
The water potential of the river Kolab, a tributary of the Godavari, is being used in this project. The project can generate 95 MW of firm power and 832.2 million units of electricity, which is distributed to the general grid via the Jeypore sub-station.
During British rule, while Koraput district was part of the Madras presidency, a concept for a “Kolab dam project” arose. Odisha’s government investigated independence in 1961. After multiple suggestions from the Odisha government, the project was finally accepted by the planning commission in 1976, and it was finished in 1993.
The Kolab Dam is regarded as Odisha’s most beautiful natural scenic feature. Around 200 species of flowering plants may be found in Kolab Park, a botanical garden near the dam. The Kolab Power Plant, which is located at an altitude of roughly 914.4 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level, is adding to the beauty of the area. Every year, thousands of tourists go to this location for a weekend picnic and boating.