Water storage in Mangla Dam reaches historic high

Published: August 7, 2013
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Water in Mangla Dam has reached a historic high at 1,213 feet above mean sea level for the first time. PHOTO: FILE

Water in Mangla Dam has reached a historic high at 1,213 feet above mean sea level for the first time. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

In a landmark development, water in Mangla Dam, whose height has been increased by 30 feet, has reached a historic high at 1,213 feet above mean sea level for the first time.

With this record level, water storage in Mangla reservoir has increased to 5.21 million acre feet (MAF), the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) says in a press release on Tuesday.

“Filling of additional water in the raised Mangla Dam reflects the federal government’s commitment to conservation and optimum utilisation of the precious yet scarce water resource for agro-based economy of the country,” it says.

Previously, Mangla Dam reached the maximum level of 1,210 feet two years ago in 2011.

Following the increase in its height, Mangla Dam has become the largest water reservoir in the country with a storage capacity of 7.392 MAF, leaving behind Tarbela Dam, which can store 6.581 MAF.

Last month, the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Wapda decided to fill Mangla Dam this year up to its maximum level of 1,242 feet.

Filling of the reservoir up to maximum capacity will help increase water storage by 2.88 MAF and increase power generation by about 110 megawatts from the existing Mangla Power House. Additional benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs18 billion per annum.

The federal government has also promised to pay off financial liabilities to the people affected and displaced by the project. The Ministry of Kashmir Affairs, the AJK government and Wapda have prepared a safe evacuation plan for the displaced, which is being implemented.

The government has spent Rs70 billion to compensate and resettle the displaced people. Resettlement work includes construction of the New Mirpur City, four satellite towns with all civic amenities, Mirpur Bypass, Dhan Gali Bridge across Jhelum River and New Bong Canal Bridge.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Sodomite
    Aug 7, 2013 - 12:45AM

    Yes, but no increase in electricity?? Why??

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  • mirpuri
    Aug 7, 2013 - 3:06AM

    we the displaced humbly request the government to facilitate our migration to the uk as they had done to the previous generation of affected on the grounds of ecological refugees. If not uk then some other western country preferably norway.

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  • Sajjad
    Aug 7, 2013 - 4:35AM

    Actually its not because of the efforts and commitment of the government, its just because of the increase in rain. Don’t make it look so dramatic.

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  • thc
    Aug 7, 2013 - 7:32AM

    @mirpuri: “we the displaced humbly request the government to facilitate our migration to the uk as they had done to the previous generation of affected on the grounds of ecological refugees. If not uk then some other western country preferably norway.

    Times have changed. No one will accept refugees from Pakistan on grounds of them being ecological refugees. In UK the number of Pakistanis is almost equal to the number of Indians. Yet the number of Pakistanis in jail is 6 times the number of Indians. People know what you do when you go to their country. Instead of making efforts to integrate, you demand sharia there.

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  • Vishal Kaul
    Aug 7, 2013 - 11:45AM

    It’s prove Indian construction on river’s which flow from India to Pakistan don’t effect quantity and flow of water to Pakistan. For construction of dam over river which flow free to Pakistan and Pakistani government blame Indian government for water shortage and violation of 1960 treaty is totally wrong .

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  • Mujtaba Khalid
    Aug 7, 2013 - 7:07PM

    @thc can you give a source to your claims?

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  • Xulfjan
    Aug 7, 2013 - 7:12PM

    I hope Sharif ids not going to take the credit for it?

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  • bloach
    Aug 7, 2013 - 9:32PM

    @THC. Nd we all know what indians are doing in Australia.

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  • naeem
    Aug 19, 2013 - 9:22PM

    the pakistani government is just looking after pakistan and destroying kashmir

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  • Rabbas
    Aug 25, 2013 - 3:09AM

    Disgraceful, thousands of people are being displaced with no timely effort to compensate or re-house them.

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