Saturday, October 10, 2009

Husain Sagar Tank, Secunderabad, 1902-03

A Panoramic view in two parts of the Husain Sagar tank in Secunderabad, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian views, taken in c.1902-03. Husain Sagar is an artificial lake which divides the twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. The lake was created in the 16th century by Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah (r.1550-80) and named after Husain Shah Wali, who had helped the sultan recover from illness. It was created by enlarging an existing small stone dam across the valley. The lake supplied the townspeople with water as well as irrigating the surrounding land.