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Prakasam Barrage, Vijayawada

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4.5/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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 East India Company approved it on 5 January 1850. The dam was started in 1852 and completed in 1855. 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 irrigating over 1.2 million acres of land. This barrage also supplies water to Buckingham canal which was constructed as inland navigation canal initially but later used as 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.Andhra Pradesh largely owes its rich agriculture to the Prakasam dam as the project facilitated the irrigation of large tracts of farmland. The dam provides views of the lake. It has become a tourist attraction of Vijayawada. Barrage has total 76 pillars in total, 70 pillars belongs to Guntur district and 6pillars belongs to Krishna district.
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  • It is emotional for telugu people from coastal districts specially the Krishna and Guntur. Now the barrage is almost full and water is in full flow and a must watch place in Vijayawada. 
  • It is very beautiful place. It is about 1 km and is connected two districts krishna and guntur. Recently the barrage is decorated with different colors of lights and night look is really awesome.. If ...  read more »
  • A visit to the barrage turned out to be quite exciting and worth its name as we had gone there in the thick of the monsoon when the gates had to be opened occasionally to let the excess water flow out...  read more »
  • Really nice Bridge good for taking pics it is really long 1km and more more than a century old!! can swim on the other side...
  • Prakasam Barrage is built across the Krishna River and is located at the outskirts of Vijayawada in Krishna District. Prakasam Barrage is 1223.5 m long and was completed in the year 1957. The barrage across the Krishna, first built by "Sir Arthur Cotton" more than a hundred years ago and later reconstructed in the 1950s, had been in a state of disrepair since the construction of the Vijayawada Thermal Power Station (VTPS) in 1979, as water level up to a minimum of 17.42 metres has to be maintained to facilitate the passage of water into the cooling canal which carries water to the thermal plant at Ibrahimpatnam.
  • Nice bridge
  • Kkk
  • Oldest bridge
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