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Sukkur Barrage (Sindh)

Sukkur Barrage was built during the British Regime from 1923-32 on the Indus River in Sukkur and its old name was Lloyd Barrage. It is one of the major barrage in Pakistan that is the part of largest irrigation network in Pakistan.It has 66 gates to control the flow of water for irrigation need of various adjoining regions. The 1,524 meters feet long barrage is made of yellow stone and steel.

Sukkur Barrage lies near the border between Sukkur and Khairpur districts at a distance of 9 km from the Sukkur city on the Sukkur-Jacobabad Highway.

Seven large canals are originated from the barrage to provide water to nearly 10 million acres of farmland that is larger than the Suez Canal. The Sukkur Barrage is used to supply water to Mirpur Khas, Tharparkar, and Hyderabad districts. Nara, Rohri, and Rice canals are major and longest canals of this barrage. It covers a vast area for irrigation in the province of Sindh from Sukkur to the Indus delta in Thatta. The Nara Canal is a delta channel of the Indus River that joins the the course of the old Nara River, a tributary of the Indus River from the dried-up Ghaggar-Hakra River. The Nara Canal is the longest canal in Pakistan having length of 364 km. This canal is used to irrigate the vast barren area of the Thar Desert to convert it into a fertile land to produce various crops.

One of the major attraction to visit barrage is the view of dolphins in the Indus River. There are large number of blind dolphins in the Indus River and the Indus Delta. It is good place for one-day family picnic where one can enjoy panoramic view of the barrage with extracted canals. Tourist can also enjoy fishing on the side of canals, otherwise enjoy it on the fish shop near the barrage. They can also enjoy boating in the vast waters of the mighty Indus River.

Due to deep forest along the Indus River, the site also gives an opportunity to explore the tropical forests. It is a homeland of various wild animals and birds. There are several forest reserve areas along the Indus River to protect the natural environment for wildlife.

Sukkur Barrage Map