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Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 18

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Tough to read: the commemorative monument for Ashti Tank, west of Sholapur. "V R et I" at the top stands for Victoria Regina et Imperatrix, or "Victoria, Queen-Empress." It's all very regal, but Ashti Tank has never irrigated more than a third of the land it was supposed to serve. The engineer in charge of it in 1981 was surprised to find an unused water tunnel so far from the actually irrigated land that he had never before noticed it.

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