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Irish engineers and Punjab’s infrastructure
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Indian railroads fostered a political and socio-cultural revolution. The metal arteries played a very important part in India's development and, in particular, in Punjab's rural economy. Until 1854 engineering works carried out by the British in India were under the charge of the Royal Engineers. One of the most noted engineers of the mid-nineteenth century was John Pitt Kennedy. The work of Irish engineers and their British colleagues was to transform Punjab physically, economically and politically for generations. In that context the Punjab irrigation schemes can be seen as an expression of British imperial hegemony and accounts for the increased prestige of professional irrigation engineers in India at this time. In 1882, F. W. Maunsell of St Columba's, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) and Cooper's Hill worked on inundation canals on the Lower Sutlej and on the West Jumna canal as assistant first grade.

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Servants of the empire

The Irish in Punjab, 1881–1921


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