Kolab River is one of the major rivers of Odisha. Its source is at Sinkaran hills of the Eastern Ghats in Koraput district. The reservoir is popularly known as Kolab river. It is a major reservoir for irrigation project and electricity powerhouse. Kolab Botanical Garden stands beside the Majestic Kolab reservoir is ideal for weekend picnic for people all over the district. This place is highly admired for its scenic beauty, attracting tourists for weekend picnic and boating. Kolab dam is the main drinking water resource for the Koraput-jeypore region of the state.
The Kolab river catchment comprises of the area between Tekegurha and north of Gupteshwar cave temple up to Taluru and spreads over 3566 Sq.Km. A number of streams from the hilly terrains of Eastern Ghats also drain into this catchment. The main water reserve is located near Jeypore town which stores water coming out of the power generation unit of upper Kolab Dam. A huge water reserve at the top of the hill known as Upper Kolab Dam feeds this 4 x 80 MW power station.
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