Marala Headworks is a headworks situated on the River Chenab near the city of Gujrat and Sialkot in Punjab province of the Pakistan.Marala Headworks is also a picnic spot, a wildlife sanctuary and an unprotected wetland. Many people come here and enjoy the landscape and natural beauty.Marala Headworks is a large hydro engineering project and is used to control water flow and flood control in the River Chenab.
|Location:||River Chenab near the city of Gujrat and Sialkot in Punjab province of the Pakistan|
|Type:||A Small Dam|
|Local Language Name:||مرالہ ہیڈ ورکس|
|Hydro Power Project After Completion Will Generate:||50.50 Geggawatt hours (GWh) electricity per year sources added|
|Generate Electricity:||7.64 Megawatt|
|Estimated Cost :||Rs.3049.74m|
|Coordinates :||32°40′24″N 74°27′50″E|
|County :||Marala, Sialkot District|
|Maintained by :||Punjab Irrigation Department|
|First built :||1968|
|Length :||4,481 feet (1.366 km)|
|Fall :||15 feet (4.6 m)|
|Above sea level:||820 feet (250 m)|
|Discharge capacity:||Up to 1.1 million cusec|
|Stream:||Miran Khor, Tan Nāla|
|Irrigation Canal:||Marala Rāvi Link, Upper Chenab Canal|
|Ferry:||Kuri Ferry, Mari Ferry|
|Used:||To control water flow and flood control in the River Chenab|
|Entertainments:||Marala Headworks is also a picnic spot, a wildlife sanctuary and an unprotected wetland. Many people come here and enjoy the landscape and natural beauty|
Development work on Head Marla Sialkot Hydro Power Project is in full swing and it would be completed at estimated cost of Rs.3049.74m. The construction of spillway and power house had been further accelerated and would be completed in April this year. The experts of a Chinese firm “SINOTEC” are supervising the development work of the project. Sources further said, Kaplan type turbines of 4X2 would be installed to generate electricity and after completion this power project will generate 7.64 megawatt electricity. Besides, the construction of two dams on Upper Chenab Canal had already been completed and this Hydro Power Project after completion will generate 50.50 Geggawatt hours (GWh) electricity per year sources added.
Hydro Power Project
Construction work on 20 Mega Watts Hydro Power Project at Head Marala kicked off, as the PML-N MNA Khawaja Muhammad Asif laid the foundation stone of mega project during a special ground breaking ceremony held here on Tuesday.While giving a detailed briefing about the project, Provincial Secretary Energy Department Punjab Rab Nawaz said that the project would be completed in May 2014 with a stipulated period of 30 months, with total cost of US $ 35.38 million under the supervision of Punjab government, as the contact of the project has been awarded to the Chinese firm namely M/s SINOTEC-SHPE (JV) of China under the renewable Energy Development Sector Investment Programme funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).He added that the Marala Hydro Power project has the initial installed capacity of 7.64 MW having number of units 4Kaplan Turbine with annual generation 50.3 GWh (50.3 million units). The hydropower power site exists on Upper Chenab Canal (UCC) at downstream of the head regulator of UCC at Marala Barrage.The barrage is located about 22 KM North-West of Sialkot city on River Chenab. While, the main components of the project include Head race Channel, Power House, Tail Race Channel, Spillway, Substation, transmission Line, residential Colony and offices, he added.Rab Nawaz revealed that the ADB had offered a multi-tranche loan of US $ 500 million to the Pakistan Government for development of the renewable energy resource, under Renewable. Energy Development Sector Investment Programme (REDSIP). Punjab had availed the first tranche of US $ 98 million for construction of five small hydro power projects (HPPs) on canal falls including Head Marala.
Punjab government has started implementation on a mega project of establishing 200 MW hydro power projects on the canal system in Punjab, which would be helpful to overcome the menace of the existing power crisis, besides keeping the industrial wheel moving.MNAs, MPAs, senior male and female Chinese technical experts, Guang Ming (President Chinese firm namely M/s SINOTEC-SHPE (JV) of China), Provincial Secretary Energy department Punjab Rab Nawaz , President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Naeem Anwar Qureshi, senior journalists and notables were also present on the occasion.
A high flood level is being witnessed in River Chenab at Marala Headworks, with the total water flow of four lac seventy two thousand cusecs at present. The District Administration has issued flood warning and local people are being evacuated from the sensitive areas. Pak Army has already been called in to assist the district administration in Sialkot and Narowal areas.