Financial Allotment For The Establishment Of The Hindiyah Dam: A Reading In The Ottoman Documents
The Ottoman documents, which were translated and published in the Karbala Civilization Encyclopedia, were varied, especially those specialized in administrative, financial and economic fields of the holy city of Karbala.
One of those translated documents, was a document contains a demand for the allotment of funds for the establishment of the Hindiyah dam in 1849.
The Baghdad brigade's council has sent a letter to the Ottoman prime ministry, explaining that the Hindiyah district and its surrounding lands are in dire need for the establishment of a dam on the Euphrates River to ward off continuous floods that led to damages in the private property and public infrastructure. After screening the location where the dam should be built, the total amount of funds was estimated at about (1000) bag of money (the bag in the Ottoman financial transactions was about 500 piasters).
The screening results and dam construction map was sent to the prime ministry and the Ministry of Finance, the document has also pointed out that the estimated cost of building the dam could exceed the amount of one bag and some of the funds can be provided from the local revenues of the region.
The Karbala's Comprehensive Civilization Encyclopedia: Modern and Contemporary History Section Vol. 4.