Sir Arthur Cotton, the architect of the rice bowl of Andhra PradeshGeneral Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton was a British general. He was also an irrigation engineer. He fought against his own rulers for the bad quality works carried out in Indian railways by the British contractors. He spent his life on the construction of irrigation and navigation canals throughout India during the British rule in India.
He planned and implemented the Dowleswaram Barrage and the Prakasam Barrage in Andhra Pradesh. He has seen that a lot of Krishna and Godavari waters are getting into the sea and getting wasted. Hence, he decided to construct the Dowleswaram Barrage on the Godavari river in East Godavari. He also decided to construct Prakasam Barrage on the Krishna River in Vijayawada. He went against the wishes of British rulers and seen that these two projects will be implemented. These two barrages made East Godavari Dt, West Godavari DT, Krishna Dt and Guntur dt., like rice bowls of Andhra Pradesh.
The farmers of these four districts see him as their God. The respect they have for this man can be understood by seeing the statues of this man in every nook and corner of these districts. More than 5000 statues of him can be seen in these districts.