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BOAT RIDE AT GHAZI BAROTHA DAM ATTOCK

Ghazi Barotha Dam, close to Attock city, has a huge lake behind it to store water. This lake looks beautiful in the evening Sun.

The difficult part is getting to enjoy it.

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Ghazi Barotha Hydropower project

Ghazi Barotha Dam project is a run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plant.

The project pinches water of the Indus River, 7 km downstream of Tarbela Dam at Ghazi.

This water is transported 50 km on an open 100 m-wide drain channel and dropped onto power turbines at Barotha, Attock.

The water from the exit is joined poured back into the Indus River at

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Ghazi Barotha Dam location Map

This dam is a few kilometers from Attock City in Punjab, on the border with Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, across the River Indus.

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How to get to Ghazi Barotha Dam

You will have to drive on the motorway toward Peshawar and exit from Burhan Interchange and join the GT road.

Exit the GT road from the board that reads “Sanjwal,” just before Lawrencepur.

Cross Attock City from the outside and drive toward Barotha.

You will see the lake all on your right side.

  • Also, see150 Dams of Pakistan
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Trip to Ghazi Barotha Dam site

As the lake is at Barotha, Attock, I took off on Sunday morning on my trusted 4×4 steed from Islamabad.

It took me 2 h and 100 km to get to Barotha Lake.

Woe is me! It was a war zone at the Powerhouse and Lake.

Gun totting guards of WAPDA with fingers on the trigger looked more menacing than WWF champion fighters.

I thought I had ended up on the India-Pakistan border.

I did not know whether to ask to be allowed to visit the lake or run for my life.

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Overwhelming Security deter visitors

It seems a little odd that the public is not allowed to enjoy a simple lake built with their money.

I mean, what is the point of paying hundreds of guards to protect water from the Pakistani public who only want to have a good time?

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Boat ride at Ghazi Barotha Powerhouse

As I did not have formal permission from WAPDA HQ, I had to look for entertainment outside the powerhouse.

I drove past the Ghazi Barotha powerhouse and reached the bridge that crosses over the downstream channel.

Right before entering the bridge, a kutcha track runs straight toward the confluence point of Barotha exit stream and Indus River.

This also looks like a giant lake and has excellent views of the powerhouse from a distance.

It also has a lovely boat riding crew always on standby.

The boat crew is fisherfolk by day and tour guides by afternoon.

I took their motorboat to the turn on the Indus River where the water is deep and the fish is plenty.

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