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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  • Prakasham barrage is built on krishna river located near to kanaka durga matha temple at vijayawada. It's a beautiful tourist spot in Andrapradesh which is a very barrage built on krishna River in kis...  more »
  • Prakasam barrage looking very good at the time of evenig in laset lights decoration , excellent creating of staff it's looking very good at the time of visitors.  more »
  • Prakasam Barrage across River Krishna at Vijayawada is the first dam in river Krishna. It's so beautiful and long, the old stone architecture seems so nice and waters also nice other side. In the even...  more »
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  • It's a very good place and people even halt here(which of course causes some traffic). Wait till the night for the light show to begin. It's good eye feast which makes us forget all the other trouble causing things(related to it like mention above). Better to feel it by going on it rather than halting!.
  • Good place for photography. Located over Krishna river, the Barrage looks very beautiful. Boating facility available. Place is very calm, quite and well maintained. Enjoy the water flow under the bridge. Visit this place after sun set to enjoy the colourful lights
  • Place worth a visit. This dam is the oldest dam of Andhra Pradesh. It has more than 50 doors. It has a breath taking view in early morning surrounded by mountains and river.
  • What to say about Prakasam barrage it is the one of the most and the best visiting place in whole of Vijayawada centre and heart of the city if u see it from hundred metres away from the bridge u will find different colours of lightning it's a very beautiful place u can even find some food items over there u will find carrots, my suggestion is don't buy those carrots they say they are Bangalore carrots and they sell it here
  • Prakasam barrage is an icon for vijayawada.A pleasent place to enjoy the scenic beauty of river Krishna. These days the barrage is decorated with lights which makes it even more attractive at nights. One can enjoy the night view of the barrage from either of the ghats.

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