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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Chenab river originate from the mountainous range of:

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Hydropower generating capacity of Mangla Dam is:

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

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Ravi river originate in the Indian state of:

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

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

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The gross water storage capacity of Mangla Dam is:

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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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The length of Chenab river is:

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River Kabul joins the Indus river at:

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The length of Indus river is:

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Mangla Dam was constructed on river Jhelum in:

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Jhelum river join Chenab river near:

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Chashma Barrage was built in 1971 on river:

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The main purpose of Chashma Barrage is:

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The world's twelfth largest earthfill dam is:

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The main purpose for constructing of Tarbela Dam was:

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

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