Khanpur Dam, A Great Tourist Attraction

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The Khanpur dam is a beautiful tourism place as well as water reservoir which was built in 15 years of time at the cost of Rs. 1,352 million. It is 167 feet high and stores 110,000-acre feet of water. Khanpur dam is located on the River Herno in the village of Khanpur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was constructed during the era of President Ayub Khan. This dam is 40 km away from Islamabad and the best source of water supplies for twin cities Islamabad and Rawalpindi and the different parts of Punjab.

What Will Tourists have at Dam?

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has made this place attractive for tourists and people from far areas come to enjoy swimming, boating, strolling and bathing at Khanpur dam.  There is an island in the middle of the lake which is considered to be the best place for family picnics, relaxing and to enjoy the sunsets. They also have the facility of boats to pick and drop to the island. Furthermore, Khanpur dam is the perfect place for the people who are bit adventures as they have some sports like diving, speed boating, cliff diving and rowing. Thousands of people visit there to spend an amazing and adventures day with family and friends.

Here is a video of Khanpur dam from a moving boat and it has pictures more exciting stuff towards the end of video, so make sure you watch it till the end.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to start a project for better facilities and more entertainment for tourists. This project includes high-class hotels and restaurants, advanced boating facilities and the dam will be linked to the island via Makhnial Township, the village adjoining Haripur and Islamabad capital territory and for that, they will construct the adjoining road.

The tourism corporation also organizes the annual water sports at Khanpur dam and offers all the facilities and different sports out there which add more spice to the entertainment of tourists. This event lasts for three days and almost 100,000 to 200,000 tourists visit during the event.

Few Pictures and than more on Khanpur Dam

A Number of Jet Motor Boats
A Wide View of Khanpur Dam
Beautiful Water and Mountains Scene at Khanpur Dam
Boat Ready to Make you move
Boats and Boat Launching Pad at Khanpur Dam
Boats and mountains on left side
Few More Boats Up and Close
Jet Ski Jet Motor Boat and peddle boat, all in one pic
Khanpur dam Parked Boats and Vehicles in Single Picture
Person Enjoying Jet Ski with a Trainer
Still and Moving boats at Khanpur Dam
An Upclose view of beautiful mountains behind Khanpur dam
An Upclose view of beautiful mountains behind Khanpur dam

Khanpur dam is near to Islamabad and people likes to visit this great place so and on. Its unforgettable sunset always brings the people to the next level and inspires them with its satisfactory beauty. Along with all sports and facilities, this dam still needs to add more quality and facilities for the tourists. Plus they also need to add advanced sports and types of equipment which already have been used on other dams and lakes. The advancement and more quality will grab more tourists. Despite, Khanpur dam is still a great place to visit.

This Article was Written by Staff Member: Sehrish Ilyas
Pics/Media Provided by: K. Shahzad

Pakistan Losses 90% of Water in Rivers Each Year Due to Lack of Dams

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Water situation in the country is becoming worse than it seems, our rivers are now drying and one of main reasons for this is a large number of dams built by India on rivers coming to Pakistan. But if I blame India for worsening water condition in Pakistan it will be very unfair and here is how. There are seasons when our rivers are full of water, all our big dams like Mangla, Tarbaila and other smaller ones are full of water, this is time to store all the water for bad times. But what happens is all the access water goes to the ocean due to less storage or in other words due to less dams are available.

River in PakistanEven our biggest dams Mangla and Tarbaila have been loosing their storage capacity due to being filled by dirt and the necessary cleaning was not performed on them. I can safely say that Mangla and Tarbaila which were built in 60s and 70s have lost their capacity by more than 50 percent.

The number one priority of Pakistani governments right now must be to build more and more water storage facilities. As in peak rainy seasons like monsoon we loose too much water which goes into ocean. Our minister for Water and Power recently claimed that Pakistan looses 90% of total water in its rives, which goes on to the Arabian Sea, due to lack of dams.

There are potential projects like Kalabagh Dam, which are very much feasible and can change the fate of whole nation. But they are facing delay for political reasons. Many feasibility studies around the Kalabagh Dam suggest that it is very much feasible and will be no harm to anyone, but only for reason that all provincial government were unable to come on consensus about Kalabagh dam being built, this project is not coming to life.

Water situation is worse than ever right now for Pakistan, in past it was real easy to get away without those dams, as India also had not built dams on some of rivers coming to Pakistan. But now they are building dams with good speed on all the rivers, means they will have more control over the water. They will only open water gates when water will be enough and will be more than their needs. And in current situation a very big chunk of that water will go on to Arabian Sea.

Also, with more dams, India can cause catastrophe like a flood, by opening the water gates of more than one dams, in times of tension between two countries. On same time if Pakistan have enough water reservoirs and dams available, that flood causing will not be so easy.

Finally, we need to plan many projects of water dams on emergency basis. Not only they will keep the necessary supply of water available all over the year, it will help Pakistan meet its energy needs by putting the power turbines on those dams. Also scenarios like the one discussed above, India causing artificial floods in Pakistan will not be possible or will be less likely. Above all we will be able to store some more of that 90% water that goes to waste every year in peak rainy season and later we feel the need the same. Even underground water level will improve with more water stored on surface.