The Salaulim Dam project was envisioned by Goa’s first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar in 1965. In 1975’s when the Salaulim dam was built it submerged the villages of Kurdi and Kurpem in Sanguem Taluka. Most of the villagers were into agriculture and farming, the then Government compensated the families with 10,000 square meter of agricultural land and 400 square meter of land for housing purpose.
The construction of Salaulim dam began around 1975-1976. As a few areas of the village started submerging, the affected families started migrating to the land that they were allotted at Vaade and Valkini.
The village of Kurdi, with exception of Talsai area, and half of Kurpem is completely submerge from the months of June to mid April. It starts drying up in the heat of mid April and lasts until May or mid June.
Shree Someshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in the village of Kurdi is the only structure that still remains intact. Church was completely demolished and chapel was built on the hill later so people can visit again to pray. The temple stone Nandi along with other idols from Someshwar temple weremoved to Valkini col. No. 2. Someshwar Utsav and Feast at the newly built Chapel is celebrated once a year in the month of May.
Indian classical singer Mogubai Kurdikar, mother of Kishori Amonkar is from Kurdi and the ruins of her house about 200 mts from the temple can still be seen. Across the landscape one can see a lot of foundation of houses and tulsi pedestals.
Close to the temple, Dolmen, Menhirs and other stone structures can be found.
A few kilometers away from the Shree Someshwar temple was the ancient Mahadev temple constructed during the Kadamba period (10 – 11 Century AD). The temple facing complete submersion was transplanted from its original location to its current location 17 kms away next to the Salaulim dam. It was systematically dismantled piece by piece and rejoined again. The marking made on the temple rocks are still visible. The whole process took 11 years to complete.
Even today, in summers Kurdi and Kurpem have beautiful valleys with green mountainous views. The Curdi Village can be visited only in the month of May, rest all other months this village is surrounded by water.
Traces of village infrastructure mostly belonging to the Portuguese era are still visible. Remains provide information on the village life. Some of the evidences visible even today are :
Tarred road, Culverts and nullahs, Temple, Church, School, A building that once housed a police outpost, grocery shop and a tea shop.