Water Resources of Pakistan


Water is one of the basic necessities of life. God has gifted Pakistan with abundant water resources, with rivers flowing down the Himalayas and Karakoram heights from the world’s largest glaciers and free and unique bounty for this land. Pakistan is basically an agrarian economy. Out of its total geographical area of 79.61 million hectares, cultivated area is 22.05 million hectares. The total area under irrigation is 19.02 million hectares [Agricultural Statistics of Pakistan (2005-06)]. Irrigated land supplies more than 90 percent of agricultural production and most of the country’s food. Agriculture sector is regarded as the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. It contributes 25 percent of the GDP. About more than 50 percent labour force is employed in this sector. Agriculture sector is also the major user of water and its consumption will continue to dominate water requirement. Similarly, for industrial development main source of energy is hydropower which is generated by dint of water stored in big dams and reservoirs. Therefore the importance of the water for the survival of our economy cannot be denied

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The total storage capacity of different water reservoirs in Pakistan is around: (a)

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Tarbela Dam was constructed in 1976 on:

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The main purpose of Chashma Barrage is:

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The maximum discharge of water in Indus River under normal climatic conditions is around:

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Which of the following rivers rises from a deep spring at Vernag, in the Indian held section of Jammu and Kashmir state:

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Mangla Dam was constructed on river Jhelum in:

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River Kabul joins the Indus river at:

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Chenab river originate from the mountainous range of:

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The main purpose for constructing of Tarbela Dam was:

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The length of Chenab river is:

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River Kabul originate from north eastern Afghanistan, its length is:

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The total storage capacity of Tarbela Dam under normal climatic conditions is:

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The maximum discharge of water in Chenab river under normal climatic conditions is around:

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Indus river originate from:

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The gross water storage capacity of Mangla Dam is:

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Ravi river originate in the Indian state of:

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Hydropower generating capacity of Mangla Dam is:

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Chashma Barrage was built in 1971 on river:

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Jhelum river join Chenab river near:

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The length of Indus river is:

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