Monday, 30 March 2015

PRAKASAM BARRAGE---- VIJAYAWADA

History

The Prakasam Barrage is constructed across Krishna River in Vijayawada, linking the districts of Krishna and Guntur.

The dam originated from the idea of Captain Buckel in 1798 before it further took forward by Captain Best and Captain Lake in 1830 and and 1841 rspectively

Major Cotton approved the dam, the dam was further given a green signal by the board of Directors of East India Company on January 5, 1850. The construction started in the year 1852 and was completed three years later in 1855

The bridge was built later on and named after Sri Tanguturi Prakasam, the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The dam irrigates over 1.2 Million acres of land, and is the first major irrigation project of South India.


The construction of barrage accrued the following benefits.

Assured water supply to the increased ayacut of 13.00 Lakh acres in Krishna, Guntur 
and Prakasam districts.

Transplantation could be speeded up and completed early, especially
 in the tail end submersible lands.

Crops could be saved from damage due to deleterious submersion.
Food grains worth  2500 crores produced every year.  4.    
Besides irrigating vast tracts of farmland, the dam provides a spectacular view of the lake and has become a major tourist attraction of Vijayawada.
      Best time to visit  is August to December to see the flow of Krishna River. 
      In summer cool breeze releives the passerbys.
In rainy days people throng to see the river flow when crest gates are lifted.
The view of the river/bride from kanakadurga temple is feast to watch.Other places to see in Vijayawada include Kanaka Durga Temple ,Undavalli Caves, kondapalli Fort,  Gandhi Hill, Mangalagiri Panakala swamy, Gunadala Church, Bhavani Islands to name a few.