Chotiari Dam is a neglected tourist resort of Sindh located in Sanghar district, which is deemed as a wonderland of Sindh having a unique ecosystem consisting of six natural lakes namely Akanwari, Tajar, Phuleli, Seri, Sao Naro and Baqar lake. This beautiful place rich in natural beauty is devoid of all the basic facilities.
Allah Almighty has bestowed Sindh with natural beauty and lots of attractive places. Nature is beautiful and is said to have been a cure to man’s several mental and physical agonies. Besides being a source of pleasure for the people, such places, replete with natural beauty are the great source of income for the government. However, the Sindh government has neglected such places including the Chotiari Dam, situated in district Sanghar, which is deemed as a wonderland of Sindh. It has a unique ecosystem consisting of six natural lakes namely Akanwari ,Tajar, Phuleli, Seri, Sao Naro and Baqar lake.
The Chotiari Dam is the place where the people of the country in general and Sindh province in particular can visit and have pleasure by viewing natural things.
When we visited the Chotiari Dam, we found no facilities provided there so that the families could visit and enjoy the place. We found a guest house built there by the government but in neglected condition. I came across the local people living in the surrounding of the dam, who told that even they were not provided with any basic facilities. There was no road maintained, no electricity; no school for the children, no gas facility and no healthcare center available to the people. The people living there are not acquainted with modern facilities. They depend on fishing. Workshop, Mangoli and other villages are there, whose inhabitants were unaware of the basic facilities of life.
The resort is operated by Sindh Tourism Development Corporation. The guest house was established in 2017 by Sindh Culture, Tourism & Antiquities Department, under a development scheme of 2016-17 fiscal year however after completion, it was handed over to Sindh Tourism Development Corporation in 2017.
It seems that the concerned department of Sindh government has abandoned promoting tourism in the province. It is the fundamental responsibility of the government to promote recreation places, which will be the natural source of pleasure for the people of Sindh as well as the foreign tourists.
The road leading to Chotiari Dam was in dilapidated condition. Sindh government must pay attention to the construction of roads leading to the dam, and also develop the resort by establishing rest houses, shops, parks and providing other basic facilities so that people could make the most of benefit from the natural place bestowed by Allah. A vast barren land was found in the surroundings of dam, where some measures should be taken for plantation so that greenery could be promoted. Migratory birds from Siberia also use to visit this area in cold weather adding the beauty to the area but the Sindh government has disregarded all these things.
If the government develops this place as tourist resort, it can bring prosperity to the people of the area. A good number of people can also be provided with jobs if the Sindh government takes an initiative to flourish the tourism in the province.
Fawad Hussain Samo