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26. Main Western Canal. Rhotas Road Bridge, hauling over the girdars, 3 spans of 60 feet.

26. Main Western Canal. Rhotas Road Bridge, hauling over the girdars, 3 spans of 60 feet.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 96/2(57)

Item number: 96257

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Crofton Collection: 'Public works including the Manora Breakwater and the River Son canal system' taken in 1872. Construction of the Rhotas Road Bridge was part of the Son Canal system works, an irrigation project to combat famine in an area dependent upon agriculture. Initiated by Colonel C.H. Dickens in 1853, the Son Canal System involved the construction of an anicut across the Son river at Dehri. A main western canal branched off above the anicut on the left bank and a main eastern canal branched off to the right. The project began in 1869 and was completed in 1875, costing 15 lakh rupees. The canal helped provide irrigation for a large area and was also open for navigation on the river.

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