Travel to India Themes: Irrigation 1: Ancient Methods: Photo 13
And yet another approach: for thousands of years reservoirs called "tanks" have been built in South India: indeed, the word tank is indigenous and refers to such small lakes. In this case, the lake isn't so small: it's the Ramappa Tank, built by the same Kakatiya kings who built the nearby Ramappa Temples (See South India: Ramappa.) The facing on the dam was added by a British engineer named Roscoe Allen, who about 1900 went around the Nizam's Dominions fixing up a small fraction of its 18,000 tanks.
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