“Tansa lake (Dam) is one of those 3 major drinking water reservoir out of total 6 lakes for Mumbai, Located at Mahuli hills (Atgaon, Thane District) about 85.3 km from Mumbai Airport, this lake was the only freshwater lake built back in 1892 which has its Tansa Dam project done by 1925 supplying 430 MLD water to city..”
About the Dam
Tansa is said to be the longest and oldest masonry dam in Mumbai and throughout world that covers are of 320 sq.km (or 2.74 kms). Currently the pipelines at Tansa dam are twin riveted with diameter of 1800 made by Indian engineers.
Government is looking for revamp with dam having single channelled pipeline reaching through km distance which provides this fresh water for drinking purpose to major Mumbai city locations. Details of the project are still not clear and will be updated if we have in future.
The beauty of this lake are the rivulets and farmlands which are tranquil in the forest area of ‘Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary’. Species of wild animals like Panther, Wild Boar, Cheetah, Four Horned Antelope, Jackal, Hyena and deers and more with beautiful scenic greenery, flora and faunas inside.
It is not declared as an official tourist spot & so no accommodation option and just dense forest area around. Dam is secured & restricted, no entry zone. Still one can reach a small part of the river area from backside lane (Walking only). Best time to visit is Monsoon.
Foremost, it a heaven for Bird Watchers. It is said that about 200 odd species of birds are seen inside the forest & the sound is very much felt when around. Tansa lake is a blessing to this wildlife as drinking water source since centuries now.
See Also : Lakes of Thane & All Fresh water lakes near around Mumbai, Among these 2 important are Tulsi and Vihar lakes.
|Address and Location||Nearest Railway Station is Atgaon at about 14 Km at Mahuli Hills (Thane District)|
|Distance from Mumbai Airport||85.3 kms|
|Other Names Of Tansa||Tansa Dam, Tansa River|
|Built / Constructed||1892 to 1925|
|Tansa Built Details||Tansa was Built under British territory, The Dam work was done by Indian Engineer with 2 reverse pipes. Government wants it to be a single piped project.|
|Dam Water Capacity||Full Supply Level 128.63 (MTR) and Lowest Drawable Level 118.87 (MTR)|
|Nearest Station to Tansa||Atgaon as said|
|Other Places Near Lake||Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary, Lord Shiva temple at Tilsa, Tansa Fort.|
|How to reach Tansa||Distance Between Atgaon Station & Tansa lake is 14 km. From Railway station share taxi jeep (Bit Overloaded) which takes about Rs.20 to Rs.25 to reach via Atgaon Wada Road which takes about 35 to 40 minutes.|
To enjoy the forest area, It is recommended to visit this place in a private vehicle.
|Tansa Road Distance and Map||Refer Mumbai to Atgaon (Near Tansa) Road Distance for same.|