An ambitious plan to revive the Buckingham Canal

The Buckingham Canal was once the preferred choice for ferrying goods along coastal Andhra Pradesh. An ambitious plan to not only restore the British-era canal to its past glory but also extend its course is now afoot.

Three decades after lack of patronage forced him to dispose of his two boats, 70-year-old Peeta Satyanarayana still cycles his way to the site of the Commamuru lock that controls the flow of water in the Buckingham Canal and makes it navigation-worthy. He comes here often to catch a glimpse of the placid waters of the canal as he strikes up conversations near a vantage point close to the British-era lock with fishermen, who wait eagerly, their ears trained for familiar sounds of splashing in the nets — the sign of a good catch.

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