32. Main Eastern Canal, Grand Trunk Road Bridge at Baroon.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Crofton Collection: 'Public works including the Manora Breakwater and the River Son canal system' taken in 1873. The Grand Trunk Road passed through Shahabad from south-east to north-west and was constructed between 1861 and 1862. Construction of the bridge took place as part of the Sol Canal system works, an irrigation project to combat famine in an area dependent upon agriculture. 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.