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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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Where to stay in Vijayawada

Because of its location at an important river and railway junction, Vijayawada has plenty of options for overnight stay. Both budget and upscale establishments concentrate around the main train station, near the bus stand, and along the riverbank. Nearly every hotel and guesthouse features free Wi-Fi, an onsite restaurant, and private parking.
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  • Prakasam barrage which was located in vijayawada across the krishna river but there is no water in krishna river!!! apart from this it was a nice place for photoshoots it was constructed nearly 4 year...  more »
  • very big barrage constructed on krishna river in vijayawada city, it is very big, we can see this at  more »
  • Its a new kind of entertainment when u are bored of watching movies! Great place to visit with children.night time lighting is fantastisc.great to go with family and friends.  more »
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  • 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..
  • Best place to hangout in the evening with friends and family. Amazing lighting on the barrage. Good food joints nearby.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful view but no sufficient place to park vehicles....and only 2 lane road bridge