Namal Lake (Urdu: نمل جھیل) is located near Rikhi, a village on one corner of the Namal valley in Mianwali District, Punjab, Pakistan. It was formed following the construction of Namal Dam in 1913. Namal Dam is situated some 32 km from Mianwali city. The lake has a surface area of 5.5 km². There are mountains on its western and southern sides. On the other two sides are agricultural areas.
|Namal Lake |
|Location||Namal Valley, Mianwali District, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Type||Reservoir with Gravity dam|
|Etymology||Namal means priceless in English|
|Part of||Salt Range Wetlands Complex (SRWC)|
|Catchment area||164 sq mi (420 km2)|
|Surface area||480 ha (4.8 km2):259|
|Water volume||630×106 cu ft (0.018 km3) (Average)|
2,100×106 cu ft (0.059 km3) (Maximum)
In 1913, British engineers, to meet the scarcity of irrigation and drinking water, built a dam on this Namal lake and irrigated lands up to Mianwali city. But with the passage of time and construction of Thal Canal and installation of tube wells, its utility of water squeezed up to some limit.
The gates of the dam are repaired by the irrigation department regularly but without enthusiasm. The hill torrents and rains fill the Namal Lake round the year. Due to a drought-like situation in the country, this lake dried up last year, which is the first incident of its kind during the last 100 years. Presently, its condition is very bad.
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