Keenjhar Lake

Keenjhar Lake (Urdu: کینجھر جھیل Sindhi: ڪینجھر ڍنڍ‎) commonly called Malik Lake (Urdu: کلری Malik ‎,Sindhi: Maik ڍنڍ ‎) is located in Thatta District of Sindh the province of Pakistan. It is situated about 36 kilometres (22 mi) from the city of Thatta.[3] It is the second-largest fresh water lake in Pakistan and an important source of drinking water for Thatta District and Karachi city.[4] Through the construction of a bund on the eastern side, it is said that the lake was formed by the union of two lakes: Sonehri and Keenjhar.[1]

Keenjhar Lake
Keenjhar Lake View.jpg
LocationThatta District, Sindh, Pakistan
Coordinates24°57′N 68°03′E / 24.950°N 68.050°E / 24.950; 68.050Coordinates: 24°57′N 68°03′E / 24.950°N 68.050°E / 24.950; 68.050
Native nameڪینجھر ڍنڍ
Basin countriesPakistan
Max. length24 km (15 mi)
Max. width6 km (3.7 mi)
Surface area13,468 ha (33,280 acres)
Max. depth7.9 metres (26 ft)[1]
Water volume0.53×10^6 acre⋅ft (650 hm3)
Surface elevation15 metres (49 ft)
Official nameKinjhar Lake
Designated23 July 1976
Reference no.99[2]

Keenjhar Lake has been declared a ramsar site and a wildlife sanctuary. It provides a favorable habitat of winter migratory birds like ducks, geese, flamingos, cormorants, waders, herons, egrets, ibises, terns, coots and gulls. It has been observed as a breeding area of the black-crowned night heron, the cotton pygmy goose, purple swamphen, and pheasant-tailed jacana.[5]

Keenjhar Lake is a popular tourist resort. Many people from Karachi, Hyderabad and Thatta visit to enjoy picnics, swimming, fishing, and boating.

The famous folklore of Noori Jam Tamachi who was a fisherwoman, is connected to the lake.[1] There is a shrine in the middle of the lake marking Noori's grave, which is visited by devotees.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Keenjhar Lake Brochure" (PDF). foreverindus.org. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Kinjhar Lake". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Keenjhar Lake on map". Google Maps. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  4. ^ Restoring Keenjhar Lake, published in Dawn News, 7 May 2012
  5. ^ Ramsar Sites in Sindh

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