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Mulshi Dam

Coordinates: 18°32′39″N 73°27′54″E / 18.5440654°N 73.4649509°E / 18.5440654; 73.4649509
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Mulshi Dam
Mulshi Dam near Pune
Mulshi Dam is located in Maharashtra
Mulshi Dam
Location of Mulshi Dam in Maharashtra
Official nameMulshi Dam
LocationPune District, Maharashtra
Coordinates18°32′39″N 73°27′54″E / 18.5440654°N 73.4649509°E / 18.5440654; 73.4649509
Opening date1927
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsMula River
Height48.8 m
Length1533.38 m
Spillway capacity1892 m3/s
Total capacity0.0523 km3 (0.0125 cu mi)
Power Station
Turbines6 x 25, 1 x 150
Installed capacity300 MW

Mulshi is the name of a major dam on the Mula River in India.[1] It is located in the Mulshi taluka administrative division of the Pune district of Maharashtra State.

Water from the dam is used for irrigation as well as for generating electricity at the Bhira hydroelectric power plant, operated by Tata Power. The station operates six 25MW Pelton turbines installed in 1927 and one 150MW Pumped Storage Unit. Water from this reservoir located in the Krishna River basin is diverted to the Bhira power house for generating Hydro electricity.

In 1920–21, during the construction of the dam and power station, Pandurang Mahadev Bapat led Mulshi Satyagrah, a movement to represent farmers whose land had been taken to build the project. He was dubbed Senapati (commander) in recognition of his leadership.[2][3]


In recent years Mulshi and adjoining areas have been developed as a tourist destination, adding accommodation for leisure guests. The place is around 2 hours drive from Pune and is a major attraction over the weekends. The best time of the year to visit Mulshi is from August to October.

Mulshi Dam


  1. ^ "Mulshi_Dam_D03170". Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. ^ Gadgil, Madhav; Guha, Ramachandra (2013). Ecology and Equity: The Use and Abuse of Nature in Contemporary India. Routledge. p. 69. ISBN 9781135634889.
  3. ^ Cashman, Richard I. (1975). The Myth of the Lokamanya: Tilak and mass politics in Maharashtra. University of California. p. 190. ISBN 9780520024076.

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