Achievement: Sukuvan-Dhukuwan dam of Jhansi included in World Heritage, expected to boost tourism

Pankaj Prasad
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Sukuvan-Dhukuvan Dam has been selected as the oldest and best engineering irrigation project in the country.

Sukuvan-Dhukuvan Dam has been selected as the oldest and best engineering irrigation project in the country. It has been selected in the World Heritage Irrigation category by the world-class organization International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). It had identified those reservoirs last year, which are still functioning after 100 years.

Its name was recommended by the Central Water Commission in August last year. On Wednesday, Vinod Kumar Niranjan, Head of Irrigation Department informed about its selection. Joining the ancient irrigation site is also expected to boost tourism in Jhansi.

Sukuvan-Dhukuvan Dam, about 112 years old, is still one of the selected reservoirs of the country due to its beauty and excellent engineering. Last year, the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) started an exercise to identify the oldest best irrigation projects in the world. The Central Water Commission (CWC) sent the name of Sukuwan Dhukuwan from UP. According to Executive Engineer Umesh Kumar, this dam located on the Betwa river was built in 1909. There has been no change in its structure till date. On this basis it was selected as the best structure.

Vinod Kumar Niranjan, Head of the Department of Irrigation, says that due to inclusion in the old list, it will be preserved in future by not making any changes in its structure. Sukuvan-Dhukuwan Dam is in Babina block of Jhansi. Engineers say that after preserving it, tourism will also get a boost here. After being included in the list, the access road here will be wide. Its connectivity will be improved. A separate guard will be deployed for security. The movement of tourists from home and abroad will also increase.

This is an important achievement. This is the only irrigation structure in the state which has been recognized internationally for its amazing engineering. Now it will be preserved in this form in future also. The surrounding area will be developed.Vinod Kumar Niranjan, Chief Engineer and Head of the DepartmentThe appearance of the dam did not change 112 years have passed since the construction of the Sukuvan-Dhukuvan dam, but there has been no change in its appearance till date. Every year thousands of people come here to see it. During the monsoon, when more than three lakh cusecs of water is released from here, then its sight is worth seeing. Thousands of people reach here daily during that time. The water falling from a height of about fifty feet from the tunnel built inside it creates a different thrill. Despite being such an old structure, this reservoir remains as it is. The gates and other equipment installed in the British era are still working here.

According to Executive Engineer Umesh Kumar, first in 1881-82, the then Executive Engineer Thornhill surveyed the Betwa river, about 112 miles above Parichha, after getting less water from Parichha dam. Based on this report, Executive Engineer Atkinson proposed the Sukuwan-Dhukuwan dam in the year 1901 in the command area of ​​the Betwa river. With its help, it was decided to water the Rabi crop as well. After this its construction started in the year 1905. Its construction was completed four years later in 1909.

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Its total cost came to Rs 23.98 lakh. Engineers say that this amount was high for that time, but in view of the need for irrigation, the government did not cut the budget. Its catchment during construction was about 82440 miles. Construction Water is stored here. At present it is filled up to 273.71 metres. When fully filled, 57.77 metric cubic meters of water is still stored here.