Chenab is a 1,086 km (675 mi) long river which originates in the Kulu and Kangra Districts of Himachal Pradesh in India and is fed by the tributaries Chandra and Bagha as it enters Jammu and Kashmir near Kishtwar. After cutting across the Pir Panjal Range, it enters the Sialkot District in Pakistan. Here the Marala Barrage was built across the river in 1968 with a maximum discharge of 1.1 million ft³/s (31,000 m³/s). Two major water channels originate at the Marala headworks—the Marala-Ravi Link Canal and the Upper Chenab Canal. Proposals are under consideration to build Mangla Marala Link Canal to overcome any shortage of water in future.
Marala Headworks is also a picnic spot, a wildlife sanctuary and an unprotected wetland. Many people come here and enjoy the landscape and natural beauty.