Dams and settlements (Pakistan)

Dams and settlements (Pakistan)
2003. Dam across the river Indus, Tarbella, Haripur (Pakistan) © M. Hanif Raza

Dams and settlements (Pakistan)

Pakistan is very much an agricultural country, where important infrastructures have been built, many for irrigation. The building of the dam across the Indus meant moving the almost 100.000 dwellers in the 135 villages which were submerged. The Government paid cash compensation to these people, and guaranteed a new home, which for some was the city of Khalabat, although many have yet to be found a home.

Started in 1976, it was aimed towards irrigation, flood prevention and hydroelectric energy production. Its originally foreseen “lifespan” was 50 years.

The great dam across the Indus has had its lifespan prolonged until 2060, as the sedimentation rate has been less than originally expected. This extension to its useful service has meant enlargement works, specially for energy production.