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It is said that Honnemaradu was also one of the prospective locations where the dam could come up. However the geological and soil conditions were not supportive, hence Hirebhaskara was chosen as the location for the first dam that came up across Sharavathi. An Englishman named Forbes is credited with this key decision. As a result, when the second dam came up at Linganamakki later on, the entire expanse at Honnemaradu was available for storage.

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