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Piece of history arrives in Hyderabad

  • Piece of history arrives in Hyderabad
    Summary: However, two tragic incidents happened soon after the survey team left the region to move further upwards. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal‘Great Theodolite,’ a 500-kg device, has a tryst with history. In 1823, Mr. Lambton died near Nagpur and in 1825, the device was severely damaged near Bidar. Two centuries after it was used to carry out the mapping of present-day India and beyond, it has come to Hyderabad as an exhibit at a stall in the Survey of India for the Geospatial World Forum conference. The device is now part of the museum at the Survey of India headquarters in Dehradun.

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    Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya and Surveyor-General of India, Swarna Subba Rao having a look at The Great Theodolite in the exhibition of “Celebrating 250 Glorious Years of Mapping India” at Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad on Monday. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal ‘Great Theodolite,’ a 500-kg device, has a tryst with history.

    Two centuries after it was used to carry out the mapping of present-day India and beyond, it has come to Hyderabad as an exhibit at a stall in the Survey of India for the Geospatial World Forum conference. The device was part of an exhaustive survey undertaken by British surveyor William Lambton. The survey began in 1802 and ended four decades later on the foothills of the Himalayas. “The device was captured by the French when it was being shipped from Britain to the Indian subcontinent.

    Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/Piece-of-history-arrives-in-Hyderabad/article17083570.ece


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