Chotiari Dam is an artificial water reservoir situated 35 km away from the Sanghar town in Sanghar District, Sindh, Pakistan. It was constructed in December 2002, at the total cost of Rs 6 billion. The main purpose of constructing this dam is to discharge saline water of the Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD).

The dam is extended to 24,300 acres (9,800 ha) with storage capacity of 750,000 acres (300,000 ha) feet.

Before the construction of the reservoir, this site was home to a few natural lakes, fed by tributaries of the Nara Canal. It is also a wetland and habitat for birds, reptiles and small mammals. Now the environment and wildlife of this area is badly affected by the saline water discharge of Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD).

Chotiari Dam is approximately 30 kms from Sanghar city. The road to Chotiari dam is OK for cars. It travels through the fields and canals so the morning drive is definitely pleasant and make you fresh. You will be welcomed by WWF Information Centre which resides at the south-eastern edge of the dam. Chotiari is a reservoir with rich biodiversity containing terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of deep water, shallow marshes, riverine forest (Makhi forest), agricultural land and sand dunes. The Nara Canal from Sukkur also ends here in the reservoir traveling almost 185 kms. The diverse habitats provide shelter for a variety of fish, mammals, birds and reptiles.

 

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