Mangla Dam filled by maximum level for first timeSeptember 10, 2014
LAHORE: In what can be termed as historic development vis-à-vis water storage in Pakistan, the Mangla reservoir attained its maximum storage level of 1242 feet above mean sea level for the first time after completion of Mangla Dam Raising Project.
It is pertinent to mention that the main dam of the project was completed in December 2009. The dam was raised by 30 feet to increase water storage level of the reservoir upto 1242 feet above mean sea level. Thus, water storage capacity of the Mangla reservoir increased to 7.4 million acre feet (MAF) with an addition of 2.88 MAF.
With completion of the raised Mangla Dam, the Mangla reservoir has become the biggest water reservoir in the country surpassing Tarbela, which has a live storage capacity of 6.45 MAF.
The raised Mangla Dam has not only stored additional water but is also playing a pivotal role in mitigating the current flood by trimming peak water inflows.
As a result of the raised Mangla Dam, the additional 2.88 MAF of water will irrigate another 1.314 million acres of land, and generate 644 million additional units of electricity per annum from the existing Mangla Hydel Power Station. Monetary benefits of Mangla Dam Raising Project are estimated to be about Rs 111 billion in terms of enhanced agriculture produce, additional electricity generation and flood mitigation.
It is also noteworthy that the Mangla Hydel Power System has generated 214 million units of electricity from September 1 to 9, 2014 as compared to 90 million units during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 124 million units in just 9 days.
Mangla Dam was completed in 1967 with storage capacity of 5.88 MAF, which reduced to 4.67 MAF due to sedimentation till 2004. Subsequently, Mangla Dam Raising Project was initiated in 2004 with a view to maximizing hydro potential of River Jhelum. The project was completed in December 2009
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