India Post has released a commemorative postage stamp on 22nd October 2013 marking the Golden Jubilee of Bhakra Dam .Stamp was released at Nangal by Union Minister Harish Rawat who said that the reservoir had brought about an agricultural transformation in states like Punjab and Haryana. The dam was dedicated to the nation by the then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru on this day in 1963.
India Post has already issued 15 lacs commemorative postage stamps of denomination of Rs. 0.60 on Bhakra Dam on 15th Dec 1988 on its silver jubilee. Definitive Postage stamp worth Rs. 5/- was also released by the department on 15th March 1967. Bhakra dam will become the first structure in India which will have two commemorative postal stamps in its name.
Initially, the construction of the dam was started by Sir Louis Dane, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab. But the project got delayed and was restarted soon after Independence. In October 1963 at the ceremony to mark the dedication of the Bhakra–Nangal Project to the Nation, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said, \”This dam has been built with the unrelenting toil of man for the benefit of mankind and therefore is worthy of worship. May you call it a Temple or a Gurdwara or a Mosque, it inspires our admiration and reverence\”. On 22 October, 2013, Bhakra Dam is scheduled to be complete, on the 50 year anniversary of the Nation and Bhakra Beas Management Board. To mark the occasion, Government of India has approved the release of a Commemorative stamp on 22 October 2013.
The dam, located at a gorge near the (now submerged) upstream Bhakra village in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, is India\’s second tallest at 225.55 m (740 ft) high next to the 261m Tehri Dam Tehri Dam. The length of the dam (measured from the road above it) is 518.25 m; it is 9.1 m broad. Its reservoir, known as the \”Gobind Sagar\”, stores up to 9.34 billion cubic metres of water, enough to drain the whole of Chandigarh, parts of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi. The 90 km long reservoir created by the Bhakra Dam is spread over an area of 168.35 km2.