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Drowned and DammedColonial Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern India$

Rohan D'Souza

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195682175

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195682175.001.0001

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(p.228) Appendix II Protected Land in Deltaic Orissa: Some Estimates

(p.228) Appendix II Protected Land in Deltaic Orissa: Some Estimates

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(p.228) Appendix II

Protected Land in Deltaic Orissa: Some Estimates

Table II.i. Deltaic Area Protected in Orissa

River

Total Area (sq. miles)

Area Protected (sq. miles)

Embankment (miles)

Mahanadi

2,525

1327

540

Brahmini

855

263

131

Baitarani

n.a.

289

75

Other Rivers

n.a.

156

58

Total

3,380

2,035

804

Source: A.S. Thomson, Rivers of Orissa (Calcutta 1905), pp. 40–52.

Note: Out of the 804 miles of embankments along the deltaic rivers, 294 miles were connected with the canal system while 510 miles were classified as agricultural works.

Table II.ii. Irrigated and Protected Lands: Gubbay’s Note of July 1923

Status of Land in the Delta

Area (sq. miles)

a) Protected from floods but not irrigated

580

b) Protected from all floods and irrigated

450

c) Fully protected (irrigated + unirrigated)

1,030

d) Semi-protected (protected from low floods)

1,020

Totally protected (a + b + c + d)

2,050

e) Unprotected (open to all floods)

1,254

Total (protected + semi-protected + unprotected)

3,304

Source: Cited in P.C. Mahalanobis, Report on Occurrence of Floods in the Orissa Delta (n.p., 1941), p. 63.

Note: These figures were recorded by H.A. Gubbay, superintending engineer, Orissa Circle, after his survey of the deltaic districts of Cuttack, Balasore and Puri in 1920. These figures were published in his note of 3 July 1923. As is evident, out of about roughly 3,300 sq.miles of area in the delta, approximately one-third is fully protected, one-third is semi-protected, and one-third is open to inundation.

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Table II.iii. J. Shaw’s Note to the Orissa Flood Advisory Committee 1939–40

Status of the Land

Mahanadi

Brahmini

Baitarani

Total

Area of Delta (sq.miles)

2940

854

659

4453

Protected area served by the canals (sq.miles)

641

62

190

893

Protected by embankments but not irrigated (sq.miles)

456

166

103

725

Semi-protected but affected by high floods (sq.miles)

725

192

177

1094

Area frequently flood (sq.miles)

475

230

140

845

High grounds, jungles etc., not ordinarily flooded (sq. miles)

278

124

30

432

Total length of embankments (miles)

751

178

100

1029

Source: Note of J. Shaw, executive engineer, Floods and Drainage Division, to the Orissa Flood Committee 1939–40, cited in P.C. Mahalanobis, Report on Occurrence of Floods in the Orissa Delta (n.p., 1941), p. 64.