By: Mir M.Hosseini
Inauguration ceremonies of the Amirkabir Dam took place on Oct, 25, 1961. Mohammad Reza Shah attended the ceremony.
The initial studies for Amirkabir Dam took 22 years until 1956 when formal proceedings began and the final plan was approved in 1960. The Amirkabir Dam was constructed on the Karaj river. The ecliptic concrete structure is 180m high, with 30m length on bottom and 390m on top.
The Amirkabir Dam was built as a multi-purpose dam to provide tab water for Tehran alongside agricultural development in Karaj. The power plant has been connected to the national electricity network for over 46 years and the lake behind the dam is a touristic attraction while being a natural habitat for rainbow trout.