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town is located in Mirpur District
Mirpur District is a district in the disputed and divided state of [Jammu and Kashmir]. The district is named after the main city, Mirpur. The District of Mirpur has a population of 371,000 and covers an area of . The district is mainly mountainous with some plains...
, Azad Kashmir
Azad Jammu and Kashmir or Azad Kashmir for short, is the southernmost political entity within the Pakistani-administered part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir...
at the border with Jhelum district Punjab, with Jhelum river making the boundary. Mangla is an ancient town and is slated to be named after Mangla Devi. It is also the site of crossing of river Jhelum by Alexander forces facing Raja Porus. At the time of construction of Mangla dam, Villages of Thill, Baral and Baruti across the river in Jhelum district were developed as residential colonies and offices for foreign workers and officials. This has now been converted to a military cantonment and referred as Mangla cantonment.
Mangla is located 10 km from Mirpur city at the mouth of the Mangla Dam
The Mangla Dam is located on the Jhelum River in the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is the sixteenth largest dam in the world. It was built from 1961 to 1967 with funding from the World Bank. The project was designed and supervised by Binnie & Partners of London, and it was built...
. The construction of the Dam reservoir, which has a perimeter of 400 km, has turned it into a place of interest. Mangla also hosts the Mangla Power Station which is second largest in Pakistan.
Mangla is also the site of historic Mangla fort. The fort is situated on a high hill overlooking Jhelum river dividing Mirpur and Jhelum districts. Most of the fort was razed during the construction of Mangla dam, a part remained and served as a public recreation place. It is now closed to general public due to Mangla dam upraising project.