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With its diverse landscape and rich water resources, Pakistan boasts numerous dams that play an important role in the country’s economy, agriculture, and water management. Let’s delve into the world of Pakistan dams and explore the significant ones dotting its map.

Dams in Pakistan: A comprehensive overview

1. Tarbela Dam

Location: Indus River, near Tarbela, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Tarbela Dam is one of the world’s largest earth-filled dams, serving as a lifeline for Pakistan’s agricultural and industrial sectors. It’s a vital source of water and electricity generation for the country.

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2. Mangla Dam

Location: Jhelum River, near Mirpur, Azad Kashmir

Mangla Dam is another significant dam, providing water and electricity to a vast area, especially the Punjab province. The dam plays a crucial role in flood control and enhances regional agricultural productivity.

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3. Ghazi Barotha Hydropower Project

Location: Indus River, Attock District, Punjab

Ghazi Barotha Hydropower Project is a run-of-the-river power project on the Indus River, designed to produce low-cost, environment-friendly electricity for Pakistan’s growing energy needs.

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4. Diamer-Bhasha Dam

Location: Indus River, Gilgit-Baltistan

Diamer-Bhasha Dam is one of the most ambitious projects in Pakistan. Once completed, it will significantly contribute to the country’s water storage capacity and electricity generation, alleviating water and power shortages.

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5. Chashma Barrage

Location: Indus River, Mianwali District, Punjab

Chashma Barrage is a vital structure for the Chashma-Jhelum link canal, irrigating vast areas of land and contributing significantly to agricultural growth in the region.

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6. Warsak Dam

Location: Kabul River, Peshawar District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Warsak Dam has been a critical component in meeting the electricity needs of Peshawar and its surrounding areas, and it has also contributed to the irrigation of the fertile lands of Peshawar Valley.

7. Satpara Dam

Location: Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan

Satpara Dam provides water for irrigation and drinking to the Skardu Valley, significantly improving the agricultural output and addressing the water needs of the local populace.

List of all dams in Pakistan

Azad Kashmir:

  1. Mangla Dam
  2. Neelum–Jhelum

Balochistan:

  1. Akra Kaur Dam
  2. Amaach Dam
  3. Band-e-Chaman Dam
  4. Gur Dam
  5. Hingol Dam
  6. Hub Dam
  7. Khad Kucha Dam
  8. Khajeer Dam
  9. Mana Storage Dam
  10. Mangi Dam
  11. Mirani Dam
  12. Naulong Dam
  13. Neelag Dasht Dam
  14. Nishpa Dam
  15. Sabakzai Dam
  16. Pasni Shadi Kaur Dam
  17. Kurram Tangi Dam
  18. Wali tangi Dam

Gilgit-Baltistan:

  1. Katzarah Dam
  2. Satpara Dam
  3. Bunji Dam

Islamabad Capital Territory:

  1. Rawal Dam
  2. Simly Dam
  3. Angoori Dam

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:

  1. Dandy Dam
  2. Dargai Pal Dam
  3. Gomal Zam Dam
  4. Allai Khwar Power Plant 
  5. Jalozai Barani Dam
  6. AzaKhel Dam
  7. Baran Dam
  8. Changhoz Dam
  9. Kahal Dam
  10. Khanpur Dam
  11. Mang Dam
  12. Naryab Dam
  13. Warsak Dam
  14. Zaibi Dam
  15. Tanda Dam
  16. Tarbela (Auxiliary-1 Dam)
  17. Tarbela (Auxiliary-2 Dam)
  18. Tabai Dam
  19. Sarki Lawaghar Dam
  20. Duber Khwar

Punjab:

  1. Chahan Dam
  2. Dungi Dam
  3. Jamal Dam
  4. Khasala Dam
  5. Misriot Dam
  6. Ghazi Barotha Dam
  7. Haji Shah Dam
  8. Jabbi Dam
  9. Kanjoor Dam
  10. Mirwal Dam
  11. Shahpur Dam
  12. Shakardara Dam
  13. Ratti Kassi Dam
  14. Chani Bor Dam
  15. Qibla Bandi Dam
  16. Thatti Syedan Dam
  17. Sawal Dam

Sindh:

  1. Darawat Dam
  2. Chotiari Dam
  3. Nai Gaj Dam
  4. Thado Dam

Conclusion

Dams in Pakistan provide important resources like water and electricity and play a crucial role in flood control, ensuring sustainable development and economic growth. As the country faces water scarcity and energy crises, these dams symbolize hope, promising Pakistan a brighter, more sustainable future.

These are just a few of the many dams in Pakistan. The nation continues to invest in such infrastructure to meet its growing needs and ensure its people’s well-being. Let’s look forward to a future where Pakistan’s dams continue contributing to its prosperity and development.

For more information about dams in Pakistan, please visit the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) official website. 

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