L8 - NATS 1840 F Lecture 8 Colonialism and Agrarian Water...

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NATS 1840 F – Lecture 8 – Colonialism and Agrarian Water Management Flood Management in the Colonial Context - Flood management for agricultural and damage prevention - Did containment control or magnify damage? Managing British Colonial Holdings - Floods in the Orissa Delta in Colonial India - Flood control embankments, flooding, cheap and easy to build - Colonel Arthur Cotton, canals to control the river, irrigate, commerce - Economic concerns, Indian Empire transferred to crown ownership (1858), private capital was investing in transport networks - Canals better than railways, equal investment, investment guarantees - Investors and specialist authority on canals - System slow to develop, under-utilized, government takeover in 1868 - Many irrigators did not use system, rate reductions, distinguishing between licensed and unlicensed areas, rate collection - Difficulties collecting rents - Rainfall collection and traditional irrigation methods - Laws against bunds, “small embankments created by cultivators to trap water
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course NATS 1800 taught by Professor Jfdksoa during the Spring '11 term at York University.

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