Cholistan and water
Colors of Cholistan. Are sustained by water
Pakistan’s largest desert consists of the Cholistan Desert, the three districts of Wasib, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar. This desert is the special identity of Wasib. It joins Rajasthan (India) in the southeast. This desert is present in both Pakistan and India. The Cholistan Desert, locally known as “Rohi”, is located at a distance of 30 km from the city of Bahawalpur. The desert of Cholistan is the abode of the famous Sufi poet Hazrat Khawaja Ghulam Farid where he spent at least 17 years. Cholistan has been written in his poetry. Cholistan is actually derived from a Turkish word “chol” which means desert in Turkish. Cholistan is a desert with archeological finds dating back to 5,000 BC. Those who are lost in the maze of history and search for the lost pages of the past can still hear the hoofs of Alexander the Great, Muhammad bin Qasim, Raja Dahar and the Mughals in Rohi Cholistan. Four thousand years ago, the river Saraswati used to flow in Rohi, and beauty and greenery were scattered everywhere. Historical references indicate that the waves of the river Hakra (Ghagru) also used to have their own color here. This river served as the boundary between Sindh and India. The locals are nomads who make their home around the tubs of Cholistan desert Toba in the local language is called Talab. On rainy days, these tubs are filled with water. Like the Thar Desert, Cholistan receives very little rainfall. Here, human and animal life revolves around the water that is available after the rains. But unfortunately, the Cholistan desert is also waiting for the cloud of mercy.
Cholistan is sparsely populated, its inhabitants should be given land ownership rights. These people can be beneficial for our country
Pakistan could earn تا 8-10 billion from Cholistan. One of the major projects to meet the water needs of Cholistan is the Flood Canal to be built from Cholistan to Thar Parkar. In the 2010 floods, Pakistan lost 15 million acre-feet of water into the sea, valued at 90 90 billion. We couldn’t bring that water here because there was no flood canal. On the contrary, India built the Indira Gandhi Canal in Rajasthan, which has made the area green and our desert is in the same condition.
Ponds or ponds do not work in drought. We can build hundreds of ponds but when a drought comes all will end. The only and permanent solution is to make flood canal and recharge the land through it. That is how we will get water and the desert population that migrates with their livestock will become permanent. Drought used to come, but now it has intensified due to climate change
What is needed now is climate change
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