The Kherkatta reservoir, also known as the Pakhanjore reservoir, is a man-made lake about 12 km (7.5 mi) north of Pakhanjur in Chhattisgarh, India. It was constructed by Dandakaranya Development Authority in 1958 under Project Dandakaranya Project. Kherkatta is a Hindi word meaning “land of energy”. The Kherkatta reservoir (Kherkatta dam) was constructed over an area of 1,300 acres with an estimated cost of Rs 0.08 crore. The year 1964 is the completion of the Pakhanjur reservoir.This dam is an earth-filled embankment-type river of Matholi. The height above the lowest foundation is 20 meters. The dam has a length of 610 meters and the gross capacity of the dam is 2,955,000 million m3.
The project:- According to the report submitted on July 18, 1965 page 16 on the project, irrigation canals are being built in the command area of Umerkot Dam and Pakhanjur Dam. A hundred families have been inhabited around the Pakhanjur dam, and they will follow ducks and fish and vegetables. A plan has been prepared for a dairy and poultry center on the banks of Kotdi river in the Parlakot region.
The Kherkatta reservoir was built in hopes of benefiting the local people with better irrigation and farming systems. The reservoir has two major gates which release water through its canals every two years.
The artificial lake is used to store water.
Local Water Supply Water SupplyWater is sent to cities through aqueducts Fishing and boating
Local Source Wildlife System – Increased source of water for the people living in the valley
Irrigation flood water control