Chashma Barrage

Chashma Barrage is a barrage on the River Indus in Mianwali District of the Punjab province of Pakistan 304 km NW of Lahore and 56 km downstream of Jinnah Barrage. The contract for Chashma Barrage works was awarded on 10 February 1967 to French Consortium Société Dumez and Société Borie and was successfully completed by 25 March 1971. The total cost of Chashma Barrage works was Rs.399 million[1] but power generation started later in 2001. The installed capacity of power Station is 184 MW, from eight Kaplan-type bulb turbine units, each with a 23 MW capacity. The bulb turbines have been installed for the first time in Pakistan. The first unit was commissioned in January 2001, while final commissioning of all units was completed in July 2001.[2] The 8 Kaplan-type turbines and synchronous generator units were made by Fuji, Japan.

Chashma Barrage
Chashma Barrage Lake.jpg
Chashma Barrage Lake
Chashma Barrage is located in Pakistan
Chashma Barrage
Location of Chashma Barrage in Pakistan
LocationChashma, Mianwali District
Coordinates32°26′02″N 71°22′44″E / 32.43389°N 71.37889°E / 32.43389; 71.37889Coordinates: 32°26′02″N 71°22′44″E / 32.43389°N 71.37889°E / 32.43389; 71.37889
PurposeIrrigation, power
Construction began1967
Opening date1971
Construction costRs 399 million [1]
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsIndus River
Height11.28 m (37 ft)
Length1,084 m (3,556 ft)
Spillway capacity870,000 m3/s (31,000,000 cu ft/s)
Power Station
Hydraulic head4.8 m (16 ft) (rated)
Turbines8 x 23 MW Kaplan-type turbines
Installed capacity184 MW
Annual generation675 GWh[2]
Designated22 March 1996
Reference no.816[3]

Chashma Barrage is used for irrigation, flood control and power generation. A Ramsar site is located nearby.

Salient featuresEdit

Length between abutments: 3556 ft.
Total Bays: 52
Standard Bays: 41
Undersluce Bays: 11
Normal Pond Level: 642 ft
Maximum Storage Level: 649 ft.
Maximum Flood Discharge: 950000 Cusecs
Maximum Intensity of Discharge: 300Cs. Per ft.
Width of Carriage Way: 24 ft.
Length of Navigation Lock: 155 ft.
Width of Navigation Lock: 30 ft.
Area of Reservoir: 139 square metres.
Initial Capacity: 0.87 MAF
Contract Price: Rs 399 Million
Date Commencement: 10 February 1967
Date of Completion: 25 March 1971
Contractor: Societe Dumes Enterprises Borie of France
Consulting Engineer: COODE & Partner London[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "CHASHMA BARRAGE / CHASHMA RIGHT BANK CANAL PROJECT". Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Engr Rana M Shakeel. "Internship Report of 184 MW hydro Power plant Chashma, Mianwali Pakistan". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Chashma Barrage". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.