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The area is rich in natural resources and contains two important reservoirs:
the Tarbela Dam and Khanpur dam. Geographically, it is a gateway between
both Hazara and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the capital Islamabad.The
overall literacy rate for Haripur district is 53%, substantially higher than the
provincial literacy rate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (35%). The female literacy
rate is dismally low at 37% compared to male literacy of 63%. The urban:
rural break down show that rural literacy is lower (51%) than urban literacy
Haripur District is comparatively more industrialised than other districts in
the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. There are many large factories units.
Furthermore, many small and big industrial factories are made in the Hatar
industrial state. Because of these industries this district is playing an
important role at country level in the economic development. TIP Telephone
Indudsties of Pakistan is also a Part of Haripur.
Since Haripur has developed situation of medium and big industries, its role
in the agricultural field is also admirable. This district especially provides
fruits and vegetable not only to Peshawar but also to Islamabad and the
Punjab. There is more likelihood of social and economical development due
to the project of Ghazi Brotha and Motorway from Peshawer to Islamabad.
One of the well known places of the district Haripur is Khalabat Town named
after a village now under Tarbela Dam lake. It is a well planned town with a
population of around 35,000 and is located at the bank of Tarbela Lake and is
home to those displaced by the Terbela Dam.