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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  • We crossed the bridge many times during our stay From temple top we can appreciate the lighting to a great extent 930pm they switched it off A good initiative and colorful view for both kids and adult...  more »
  • Hello everyone, Prakasam barrage has an old history it was constructed by an engineer named Prakasam Panthulu in British rule it was so strong it had see more than 5 decades The Ap government had reno...  more »
  • It is good place and time spend in the barrage and enjoy the climate is so cool and it is modelling the recent... It is one of the best place  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
  • Nice place to visit with family, views and scenery are awesome. Good time to spend with friends and family. Fun being here
  • Prakasam barrage built before India's Independence be the seeing spot for all the visitors who come to Vijayawada. The night view is even magical to see.
  • It's a dam plus bridge for krishna river. It's named after the first CM of AP but the word Prakasam also means light. True to its name, this bridge looks beautiful at night with the spectacular light show. A very good tourist attraction.

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