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Brick aqueduct at Hessarghatta-Water history of Bangalore

March 3, 2008

In 1896 was inaugurated the first water supply scheme for Bangalore from the newly constructed Hessarghatta reservoir on the Arkavathy river. A brick aqueduct brought water to a distance of 14 kilometres from where it ws then pumped to the city. This beautiful heritage structure lies derelict and neglected . Brick have been stolen and entire sections obliterated. Can we do something to retain some parts of it and preserve our water heritage ?

The aqueduct spanned the river itself and carried forward to finally arrive in the city at Malleswaram

The section of the aquaduct is also interesting. Made of bricks in lime mortar and with a base of granite slabs with lime concrete on top it seems to have been built completely without cement

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