Namal Lake: The Priceless Lake of Punjab, Pakistan

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Namal Lake: The Priceless Lake of Punjab, Pakistan

Namal Lake is situated in the Rikhi, a village on one corner of the Namal valley in the Mianwali city, Punjab province, Pakistan. It was formed following the construction of Namal Dam in the year of 1913. Namal Dam is located some 32 kilometers from Mianwali city. The lake has a surface area of 5.5 km². There are beautiful mountains on its western and southern sides. On the other two sides are agricultural areas.

This name was provided to the lake by the local people. It is a mixture of two Punjabi words ‘Na’ meaning No and ‘Mul’ meaning Price. That means ‘Anmool’ in the language of Urdu and ‘Priceless’ in English. Namal Dam was built on this lake in the year of 1913, which is situated around 32 kilometers from the city of Mianwali, Punjab. Residents of Mianwali had inadequate supply of drinking and irrigating water and to meet their requirements British engineers constructed this dam. Then with the new That Canal and several tubewells installed in the area its usage was shrunken down. Mountains are on the side of south and the west sides of the Dam and on the other two sides are the vast agricultural lands.

The gates of the dam are repaired by the irrigation department regularly but without enthusiasm. The hill torrents and rains fill the Namal Lake round the year. Because of a drought-like situation in the country, this lake dried up last year, which is the first tragedy of its kind during the last hundred years. In current scenario, its condition is very miserable.

The gates of the Namal Dam are regularly repaired by the Department of Irrigation. Rains and hill torrents have been bringing in water to the lake for years. The condition of this lake wasn’t very good last year because it got dried up.

 

 

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