In a landmark development, water in the Mangla Dam on Tuesday has reached a historic level of 1,213 feet above mean sea level for the first time. With this record level, present live storage in the Mangla water reservoir has increased to 5.21 million acre feet (MAF).
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 resource of water for agro-based economy of the country. Previously, Mangla lake attained the maximum level of 1,210 feet two years back in 2011. The dam has become the largest water storage facility in the country with live storage capacity of 7.392 MAF, leaving behind Tarbela Dam, which has a live storage capacity of 6.581 MAF.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2013.
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