Important ImformationThis river has been in the news of late due to the steps taken by the Indian government to build a number of hydropower dams along its length (in India) most notably the Baglihar hydel power project(expected time of completion 2008). This is a result of the Indus Basin Project. These planned projects on Chenab have been hotly contested by Pakistan which says that India is breaking the terms and clauses of the Indus water treaty by storing and channelling the waters of this river, a claim totally rejected by the Indian government.
VerdictAs per the terms of the Indus Water Treaty, the waters of Chenab have been allocated to Pakistan. Baglihar Dam also called Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project was constructed in two phases on Chenab River in the southern Doda district. There was a great deal of design controversy, with Pakistain claiming that the project violated the terms of Indus Water Treaty. However, in 2010 all the related issues were amicably resolved. The Chenab River holds an important place in the life of people of Punjab and plays a crucial role in the iconic Heer Ranjha and Sohni Mahiwal tales.
lengthThe Chenab then joins the Indus at Mithankot. The total length of the Chenab is approximately 960 kilometres.
Very high FloodThe high flood situation is also expected in the local nullahs including tributaries of river Chenab including Hill Torrents of D.G. Khan Division during the same period.The actual river flows and reservoir elevations indicates that Tarbela and Mangla reservoirs are at elevations of 1513.30 feet and 1225.75 feet respectively, which are 36.70 feet and 16.25 feet below their respective Maximum Conservation Levels of 1550.00 feet and 1242.00 feet.According to Flood Forecasting Division, Lahore, yesterday’s Depression over Gujarat (India) remained stationary. However, it has weakened and converted into well marked Low. It is likely to move further North-Northeastwards.As predicted by the Flood Forecasting Division, Lahore, widespread thunderstorm/rain with heavy falls at scattered places and very heavy falls at isolated places is expected over the upper catchments of Rivers Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej including Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, D.G. Khan and Bahawalpur Divisions during the next 24 hours.
River Chenab roars into Sindh
- September 17, 2014
- By: Samaa Web Desk