Road To Tharparkar, poverty, drought, early marriages, malnutrition, lack of education, Thar, metropolitans, Sindh
Road To Tharparkar

When one hear about Tharparker, a lot of thoughts like poverty, drought, early marriages, malnutrition, lack of education strikes their mind.

Almost every day, Tharparker makes it to the headlines. Now people give the example of “Thar” when metropolitans like Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar face some kind of energy crisis or starvation. Well at this point I can openly blame media for not showing the positive things of Tharparkar.

Though there are some points which disappointed me a lot like malnutrition, early marriages, poverty etc but the government is trying to overcome these issues as well.

The three day trip organized by Pakistan Council of Media Women (PCMW) changed my perception and created a new image of Tharparkar in my mind.

When I entered Tharparker, it amazed me!

The roads of Tharparker were far much better than Karachi. The smooth drive on the roads of Tharparker was extremely astonishing.
The roads of Tharparker were far much better than Karachi. The smooth drive on the roads of Tharparker was extremely astonishing.

Gadi Bhit, Mithi

Gadi Bhit is a big sand mound from where a panoramic view of the town can be seen.
Gadi Bhit is a big sand mound from where a panoramic view of the town can be seen.

Transforming Tharparkar with Reverse Osmosis Plants 

Reverse Osmosis plants has been installed throughout District Tharparkar by Pak Oasis . The RO plants are operating on solar energy and it automatically shuts down when the tank is full. The whole team of PCMW along with female journalists visited Asia’s biggest Solar Water desalination complex in Mithi.

The Zonal Administrator Tharparkar Major Saad said that Solar RO plants provide clean and safe water to 850 villages of Tharparkar. Major also said that high quality of equipment’s has been installed in these plants and local people are operating these plants.

Asia’s biggest Solar Water desalination complex in Mithi provides 2 million gallon water per day to 150 villages and more than 3,00,000 people.

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Asia’s biggest Solar Water desalination complex, Mithi

Godhyar RO Plant produces 75,000 gallons of water per day for 6 villages.

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Godhyar RO Plant

Whereas Sajani Bheel RO Plant gives the output of 15,000 gallons of water for 5 villages.

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Sajani Bheel RO Plant

There has been lots of rumor that RO plants in Tharparkar are ‘out of order’ and the local functionaries neglected it, but when we visited these plants they were operational. In front of us many people came to fetch water from RO plants. The villagers brought their animals to the water reservoir to wrench their thirst.

A WhirlWind Trip to Nagarparkar! 
After Mithi, Godhyar and Sajani Bheel, our next stop was Nagarparkar.

On our way to Nagarparkar we visited Gori Temple, which is located between Islamkot and Nagarparkar. The Gori temple in Tharparkar was dedicated to Lord Parshwanath, the 23rd Jain prophet who preached in the 8th century BC.

Gori Temple in Tharparkar
Gori Temple in Tharparkar
Inside view of Gori Temple Dome
Inside view of Gori Temple Dome

Marvi Well

This is the well from where King Umer kidnapped Marvi and later imprisoned her. It is one of the cultural landmarks of Tharparkar.
Marvi Well is the cultural landmark in Tharparkar. This is the well from where King Umer was captivated by Marvi’s beauty, when Marvi rejected his proposal he kidnapped Marvi and later imprisoned her.

After looking at the cutural heritage, temples and historic sites we finally en route to Nagarparkar! It offer unique opportunities to explore. The town is located near Pakistan-India border, a “sensitive” area to say, occupied by different agencies as well. 

I had been told that Nagarparkar is different because of its landscape. It is fertile and most importantly it has mountains. Karoonjhar range is located in Nagarparkar, which has a unique reddish rock structure which is believed to contain large Granite deposits.

Kanjoor Hills surround Nagarparkar for 16 kilometers with a maximum altitude of 3oo meters.
Karoonjhar range surround Nagarparkar for 16 kilometers with a maximum altitude of 3oo meters.

Nagarparkar is a small town near Indian border, due to its proximity with the Indian border you can witness a lot of army and intelligence activities here.

Before entering into the city you have to register your vehicle at every ranger posts. You have to show your identity as well. Not many outsiders visit this place that is why the locals also stare the strangers with skeptical eyes. Nagarparkar is Hindu majority area. While walking into the town, the centuries old temples will caught a glimpse of these temples.

Some five kilometers on the south of  Karoonjhar Hills, lies Sardhara Temple. It is the main place of worship for the Hindu pilgrims.

Sardhara Temple
Sardhara Temple

Exploring Tharparkar and Nagarparkar was an amazing experience. But still there are some major issues which needs to be resolved soon like early marriages, child death, malnutrition etc.

Girls at the age of 14 to 16 are married, they are unhealthy and lack of nutrition results in child death. Masses are dying because of hunger, the government should take immediate steps in order to control the death toll and they should provide basic necessities to the people of Tharparkar.