Notes on the Geography of India Themes: Irrigation 3: the Sequel: Photo 2
Many miles downstream, the Tungabhadra joins the Krishna and is impounded behind this, the Nagarjunasagar Dam. At the dedication ceremony in 1955, Prime Minister Nehru called this dam part of "the temple of Humanity of India." Over a million acres were supposed to be irrigated, but a kind of anarchy quickly developed, with head-enders on each branch canal growing water-intensive crops, while tail-enders got nothing. A culture of corruption emerged within the irrigation bureaucracy, which was paid to look the other way.
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