Khanpur Lake is actually a dam situated on the Haro River near Khanpur city, KPK, Pakistan. About 50 KM away from Islamabad. Khanpur Dam supplies drinking water to Rawalpindi and Islamabad and irrigation water to a lot of the industrial, agricultural and surrounding the cities. It is 167 feet (51 m) high and stores 79,980 acre feet (98,650,000 m3) of water.
The dam was finished in 1983 after a 15 year construction period thought to have cost Rs. 1,385.10 million.
Khanpur Dam Canals
Water from Khanpur Reservoir is released through two canals known as the Left Bank Canal (LBC) and the Right Bank Canal (RBC).
Right Bank Canal (RBC)
The RBC which has a design discharge of 110 ft3/s (cusecs) is meant only for irrigation whereas the LBC having a design discharge of 440 ft3/s (cusecs), supplies water both for irrigation as well as municipal and industrial purposes. The lengths of LBC and RBC are 18 km and 11 km respectively. Both Canals were handed over to the Provincial Irrigation Departments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab in 1985 and 1987 respectively.
Left Bank Canal (LBC)
The Left Bank Canal (LBC) at its tail-end delivers water to the Sangjani Raw Water Reservoir which is controlled by the Capital Development Authority (CDA). From CDA’s Sangjani Reservoir water is supplied, after treatment, to Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Beneficiaries of Khanpur Dam
The beneficiaries of Khanpur Dam include:
- Irrigation Department Govt. of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
- Irrigation Department Govt. of Punjab.
- Rawalpindi/Islamabad: Capital Development Authority (CDA).
- Fecto Cement Industries.
- Heavy Industry Taxila (HIT).
- Project Management Organization (PMO).
- University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Taxila.
Famous For It’s Blue-Green Water & Water Sports
The Blue green water of lake attracts a huge number of domestic and international tourists. Every weekend, thousands of tourists come to Khanpur Dam. Tourists enjoy swimming, boating, cliff jumping, wake tubing, kayaking and couple of some other ground adventure activities i.e zipline, shooting, archery and go for a peaceful walk on the banks of the lake and canals.
Nearby Historical Sites
There are couple of Buddhist archaeological sites and Taxila Museum at a number of distance from Khanpur Dam, which additionally invite the attention of locals and international tourists each year.
Bhamala Stupa – World Heritage Site
Sculptures and heads dating back again to next to fifth century AD had been found during excavation at Buddhist stupa known as Bhamala Buddhist Complex near Khanpur. During excavation, precious coins of Kushan period were additionally discovered about the stupa. Bhamala archaeological site had been declared national and world heritage site located near Khanpur dam. The ruins dated back to fourth century BC. The stupa is actually cross shaped and looks as an Aztec Pyramid.
100 Years Old Mosque
The deserted mosque, locally referred to as the’ Rajon ki Masjid,’ (the recognized name being Rajgan Mosque) is actually thought to be more than hundred years of age. It currently used only for Eid prayers, as individuals use the newly constructed mosques in the near by areas for daily prayers. There is a big prayer hall along with a time worn brick courtyard in need of rehabilitation and restoration.
WAPDA Rest House on a Beautiful Location
WAPDA Rest House at Khanpur Dam have been established at extremely unique location and surroundings. The majority house fulfill accommodations needs by providing congenial living environment and quality services to the visitors during their official tours in addition to the recreational trips/tours of theirs.