“J” in #AtoZChallenge
Jhelum River is a river of northwestern India and northern and eastern Pakistan. It constitutes the westernmost of the five rivers of the Punjab region that merge with the Indus River in eastern Pakistan. It is actually a tributary of Indus river.
The river was known as Hydaspes in ancient days. History [326BC] says that King Alexander crossed this river to fight against and win the Indian King Porus. This war is highlighted as one of the great war fought by Alexandar.
Do you know how this battle was lost by King Porus?
It was all due to miscalculation of the war formation. Yes, King Porus always had Chariots that were in front of the army to take on the enemy with bows and arrows. But since the fight was during monsoon, the land was muddy and slushy which affected the aims of King Porus soldiers.
But still he fought so brave only to surrender in the end. Doesn’t this highlight the importance of planning?
Yes, however strong you are, planning is a must for any such activity.
The hydrology of the Jhelum River is largely controlled by snowmelt from the Karakoram and Himalaya ranges in the spring and the southwest monsoon on the Indian subcontinent that brings heavy rains from June to September.
The Jhelum river is the lifeline of the city of Srinagar. It bifurcates the city into two parts. Over the years, it has emerged as an important tourist destination. The Mangla Dam built on the river has been proved as a major tourist attraction. Most of the important lakes including Dal Lake of the city are also fed by the water of Jhelum.
This is one of the river in India that has many power generation projects across its course. The Kishanganga Hydroelectric Plant we discussed yesterday is the latest addition to this.
These days there are always discussions and concerns on the power generations especially when it is based on coal or nuclear sources. So, my vote is always 100% for the plants like the one across this river.
We need more and more Hydropower plants. I hear you asking where is the water. True, but I believe that we are yet to tap the full benefit of rainwater by optimal use of it.
Don’t your agree?
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter K? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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