LAHORE - The raised-Mangla Dam became the biggest water reservoir in the country as water storage in its lake increased to 6.65 million acre feet (MAF) on Sunday morning.
The water level surpassed 6.58MAF benchmark, which was the maximum live storage capacity of Tarbela Dam that used to be the biggest water reservoir till August 24, 2013, said the Wapda spokesperson.
“Consequent upon the successful completion of the Mangla Dam Raising Project, it has become the largest water storage facility in the country. With increase in dam’s height by 30 feet, now water could be stored in the reservoir up to 1242 feet against the previous conservation level of 1202 feet above mean sea level. Resultantly, the live storage capacity of the raised Mangla Dam has increased to 7.39 MAF from 4.51 MAF. Given the current weather forecast, the prospects for filling of Mangla reservoir to its maximum conservation level are bright. If the raised Mangla Dam is filled to its maximum conservation level i.e. 1242 feet, 2.88 MAF of additional water will be available for the agriculture and generation of low-cost hydel electricity in the country.”
The Mangla lake has crossed 1232.5 feet level, meaning thereby, 2.14 MAF additional water is available in the reservoir. In addition to managing the current floods, benefits worth billions of rupees in agriculture and power sector will also be accrued through utilisation of this additional water.
The Wapda spokesperson added: “Last month, it was mutually decided by all stake holders to fill the raised Mangla Dam this year up to its maximum level, as the Federal Government had promised to pay off the financial liabilities of the project affectees for the purpose.”