Prakasam Barrage, Vijayawada

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The structure of the Prakasam Barrage stretches 1223.5 m across the Krishna River connecting Krishna and Guntur districts. The barrage serves also as a road bridge and spans over a lake. The three canals associated with the barrage run through the city of Vijayawada, crossing it and giving it a Venetian appearance.
The idea of constructing a dam across the river Krishna dates back to 1798. It began in the hands of captain Buckle and was revised in 1839 and 1841 by Captain Best and Captain Lake. After the endorsement of Major Cotton, the board of Directors of the East India Company approved it on 5 January 1850. The dam was started in 1852 and completed in 1855. It cost Rs 1.75 crore in those days and seems to have paid the then government a return of 18%. It used to irrigate 7 lakh acres. Later, the State Government constructed a bridge that was named after Tanguturi Prakasam, the first Chief Minister of Andhra (a state formed in 1953, which later became Andhra Pradesh in 1956 after the merger of Telugu speaking districts of former Hyderabad State). Completed in 1957, it helps to irrigate over 1.2 million acres of land. This barrage also supplies water to Buckingham canal which was initially constructed as an inland navigation canal but was later used as an irrigation water supply canal. One of the first major irrigation projects of South India, the Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada was completely successful in its mission.
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  • The place looks great in photographs. Not well maintained. Heavy traffic area. No car parking available. Bad smell coming everywhere.  more »
  • Built by the Britishers, this is a great place to be in the evening especially when there is water. However, because of the garbage and low water levels, it stinks many times. The view in the evening ...  more »
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  • Nice place. Peace in running traffic. Wonderful place and especially in nights. The lights that they glow can be seen from far end of the city too in the night. And its one of the most main attraction of vijayawada. During the rainy season the dam gates are led open. Awesome , and must come place.
  • Beautiful place at night time. We can spend some time with our loved ones. I went to this place every day while i was in Vijayawada. The light show starts at 8pm every day and stops at 10pm. Its very beautiful from the booth sides.
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