Postal Stamp Image : BHAKRA DAM 1340 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 15/12/1988
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.60
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1340
Postal Stamp Name : BHAKRA DAM
Stamp Information : Bhakra Dam 1963-88 "... these days the biggest temple and mosque and gurudwara is the place for the good of mankind. Which place can be greater than this, this Bhakra-Nangal, where thousands and lakhs of men have worked, have shed their blood and sweat and laid down their lives as well?" - Jawaharlal Nehru. A dam is a dam but Bhakra is a landmark, a landmark of Independent India. As Jawaharlal Nehru said, "It is a landmark because it has become a symbol of a nation's will to march forward with strength, determination and courage." Though the idea to raise a dam across the River Sutluj was irst mooted as far back as in 1908, work on it could begin only after independence in 1948. Building the dam wa a tremendous chalenge. The terrain was treacherous and infrastructure non-existent. Everything ws being done for the frst time. Yet, all challenges were overcome, and the dam was dedicated to the nation by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on 22nd October, 1963. The waters going waste were tapped to irregate 26.3 lakh hectares of parched fields, improve irigation in another 8.9 lakh hectares, and to provide power to agriculture, industry and homes in 13,000 villages and 128 towns. Te Bhakra-Nangal Project has yielded directly over one hundred times its cost during the last 25 years of its operation. Bhakra, the second highest straight gravity concrete dam in the world is 225.55m high, 518.16m long and 9.14m wide at the top with about eight km long network of galleries inside for instrument panels, pipelines and monitoring offices. The reservoir created by the dam, named Gobind Sagar after Guru Gobind Singh, is 168.35 km in area and has a gross storage capacity totalling 9621 million cu m or 7.80 million acre ft. On its banks are two power plants with an installed capacity of 1200 MW. Today, togather with Ganguwal, Kotla, Pong and Dahar power plants, the Bhakra Beas Management Board has a total installed generation capacity of 2704 MW. Bhakra, always dearest to the heart of Nehru, is a splendid example of inter-State co-operation in river water management. The Jawaharlal Nehru Centenary Celebrations in the country commence and coincide with the Silver Jubilee of the Dedication of the Bhakra Dam of the Nation. The Dep[artment of Posts is issuing a special postage stamp to commemorate te Silver Jubilee of the Dedication of Bhakra to the Nation on 22nd October, 1988. Text Courtesy: Bhakra Beas Management Board.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The stamps, prepared by India Security Press, Nashik Road, is based on a design obtained from the Ministry of Energy. The first day cover is designed by Shri Sankha Samantha and cancellation by Smt. Alka Sharma.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.80 X 3.60 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 4.35 x 3.1 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 20
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Horizontal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 15,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Carmine
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