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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  • August 8, 2017
    Nice place. Very beautiful in the night since it has amazing lightings. Which VMC had arranged in recent past.  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Prakasam barage is called Krishna barage It's drinking water river it's very good views and evenings lovlelly place to spent with family have to visit prakasam barage  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    Prakasham Barrage me in sleep what I wake up and see that outside manger lot we not feel its a marriage but it's a wonder in Creations in AP the great feel me there in this Barrage it's have 76 pillar...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    The pleasant weather, the cool breeze,Fresh water makes mind fresh.. we can enjoy to the utmost there... There's also a view of island from the barrage.. Boating, parasailing etc can be done..
  • June 13, 2017
    Best place to hangout in the evening with friends and family. Amazing lighting on the barrage. Good food joints nearby.
  • June 30, 2017
    It is peaceful place for visiting but we went in summer ,I feel it is very hot and some construction is going there so they are not allowing the Pilgrim in to the bridge.
  • June 30, 2017
    A good place to visit during evening with your girlfriend or with your family. Its a long walk from starting to the end, too romantic as seen in movies both sides covered with water. Its really wonderful when it rains. Very near to Durga temple. You can find some local ice cream cycles here and there. Near by you can find sweet magic a fine dining restaurant. Don't go to lotus restobar they server very worst briyani ever.
  • July 8, 2017
    Beautiful view but no sufficient place to park vehicles....and only 2 lane road bridge

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