Lahore to Head Baloki | Ravi River & Beauty of Village | Basit Ali Vlog

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Head Balloki or Balloki Headworks is a barrage on the Ravi River in the Punjab, is 70 KM distance from Lahore. It was first built around in 1915 in British India as part of the ‘Triple Canals Project’ to feed the Lower Bari Doab Canal. The canal turned in a profit of 24% within ten years (in 1928–29).[1] The original weir has now been rebuilt as a full barrage. The Triple Canals project in Punjab began in 1905, soon after the completion of the Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC). Thus it was the second irrigation project to be implemented in Punjab. It constructed three canals: the Upper Jhelum Canal (UJC) from Mangla the Upper Chenab Canal (UCC) from Marala the Lower Bari Doab Canal (LBDC) from Balloki. The Upper Chenab and Lower Bari were linked at Balloki: the former brought water from Chenab to Ravi, and recharged it after depletion into the Upper Bari Canal. The Lower Bari Doab Canal then took the combined waters from Ravi and UCC down the Bari doab for irrigating lands.[2] This was the origin of the “link canal” concept, bringing waters from the western rivers into the eastern rivers of Punjab, which later became the foundation for the Indus Waters Treaty between present-day India and Pakistan. Where the Upper Chenab joined the Ravi river from the right, a few miles west of the village of Balloki, the Balloki Barrage was constructed. It was the largest barrage of its kind in India at that time. It had a 1,647-foot-long weir with thirty-five 12-metre-wide steel gates for regulating the water of Ravi. The Lower Bari Doab Canal branched off on the left of the barrage.[2] The canal started supplying water in 1912 and got fully completed in 1917. It irrigated 877,000 acres of land in the Montgomery and Multan districts.[1] The total cost of the LBDC project was Rs. 22 million. It became profitable within 10 years.[1] A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town (although the word is often used to describe both hamlets and smaller towns), with a population typically ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand. Though villages are often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighborhoods. Villages are normally permanent, with fixed dwellings; however, transient villages can occur. Further, the dwellings of a village are fairly close to one another, not scattered broadly over the landscape, as a dispersed settlement. The old village of Hollókő, Nógrád, Hungary (UNESCO World Heritage Site) The Ravi River is a transboundary river crossing northwestern India and eastern Pakistan. It is one of six rivers of the Indus System in Punjab region (Punjab means “Five Rivers”).[2] Under the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960, the waters of the Ravi and two other rivers were allocated to India. Subsequently, the Indus Basin Project was developed in Pakistan, which transfers waters from western rivers of the Indus system to replenish the Ravi. The Ravi River, a transboundary river of India and Pakistan, is an integral part of the Indus River Basin and forms the headwaters of the Indus basin. The waters of the Ravi River drain into the Arabian Sea (Indian Ocean) through the Indus River in Pakistan. The river rises in the Bara Bhangal, Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh, India. The river drains a total catchment area of 14,442 square kilometres (5,576 sq mi) in India after flowing for a length of 720 kilometres (450 mi). Flowing westward, it is hemmed by the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges, forming a triangular zone.[8] As the Ravi flows past Lahore in Pakistan (26 kilometres (16 mi) below Amritsar in India) it is called “The river of Lahore” since that city is on its eastern bank. After passing through Lahore the river takes a turn at Kamalia and then debouches into the Chenab River, south of the town of Ahmadpur Sial. On its western bank is the town of Shahdara Bagh with the Tomb of Jahangir and the Tomb of Noor Jahan.[2][8]

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