Darwat Dam, also known as Darwat Valley Dam, is a large earth-filled dam located in the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is situated on the Darwat River, a tributary of the Indus River, and provides water for irrigation and power generation in the region.
History of Darawat Dam
Darawat Dam begins to be constructed in March 2010 and completed in 2013.
Then President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari inaugurated the dam on 9th of March, 2013. Total cost of construction of the dam was estimated as PKR 9.3 billion.
The dam was built by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) of Pakistan with a cost of about PKR 9.5 billion. The main purpose of the dam is to provide water for irrigation to the surrounding agricultural lands, which are the primary source of livelihood for the local population. The dam is also expected to generate about 1.5 MW of electricity.
Features of Darawat Dam
Total length of Darawat Dam is 820 ft or 250 meters.
Total height of the dam is 141 ft or 43 meters.
Darawat Dam has the storage capacity of 150 million cubic meters (120,000 acre ft) of water. This can irrigate and benefit 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of land.
Location of Darawat Dam
Darawat Dam located on the Nai Baran River close to village Jhangri, Jamshoro, Thatta. It is about 70 kms west of Hyderabad city and 135 kms North East of Karachi, Pakistan.
Benefits of Darawat Valley Dam
The primary benefit of the Darwat Dam is the availability of water for irrigation, which has improved the productivity of the agricultural lands in the area. The dam has also helped in controlling floods and mitigating the adverse effects of droughts, which are a common occurrence in the region. The availability of water has also led to the development of fisheries and other related industries, providing additional sources of income for the local population. Moreover, the hydroelectric power generation facility of the dam provides electricity to the surrounding areas, reducing the dependence on fossil fuels.
Height of Dam