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Iconic Prakasam Barrage earns ‘World Heritage’ tag

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PNS | Vijayawada

The iconic ‘Prakasam Barrage’, a remarkable irrigation marvel over a century old, with rich historical significance, has earned the prestigious distinction of being declared a World Heritage Irrigation Structure (WHIS) by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID).

Located in Andhra Pradesh, the Prakasam Barrage (also known as the Old Krishna Anicut) is among the 19 global structures that have been bestowed with this coveted recognition by ICID in the year 2023. This esteemed WHIS accolade is set to be conferred upon the Government of Andhra Pradesh during the forthcoming 25th International Congress of ICID, scheduled to take place in Visakhapatnam from November 2 to 8.

India has, until 2022, clinched a total of 14 WHIS awards, with Andhra Pradesh proudly claiming four of them, including Cumbum Tank (2020), KC Canal (2020), Porumamilla Tank (2020), and Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage (2022).

The declaration of Prakasam Barrage as a World Heritage Irrigation Structure not only acknowledges its historic value but also highlights its enduring significance in the realm of irrigation engineering on a global scale. This recognition solidifies its status as a timeless marvel that continues to serve its intended purpose with distinction.

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