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Inscription found on `kalingu' in Otteri lake

By Our Staff Reporter

VELLORE, JUNE 15. An inscription on a `kalingu' has been found in the Otteri lake, five km from here. In ancient days, rulers built a `kalingu' on both ends of an irrigation lake to drain excess water at times of heavy rain or floods.

During pre-Independence days, Vellore town got its water supply from an irrigation lake at Otteri. When the lake's `kalingu' went into possible disrepair during the rule of Arcot Nawab, a philanthropist, Azarath Mahamud Bahur Sahab, reconstructed it. He inscribed his name in a granite slab in Tamil in 1772 AD, during the reign of Arcot Nawab Muhammad Ali.

On information, the Curator of the Government Museum here, M. Gandhi, went to Otteri and read the script.

In more recent years, engineers constructed one more `kalingu' in the middle of a lake bund to let out rainwater quickly from the lake and maintain the level for saving the lake from a breach.

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