Kindat Town

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Kindat Town, 1908

Head-quarters of the Upper Chindwin District, Upper Burma, situated in 23 degree 44' N. and 94 degree 26' E., on the left bank of the Chindwin river, about 200 miles from the point at which that stream flows into the Irrawaddy. Population (1901), 2,417. The town is well wooded, but low-lying and in many ways unfavourably situated, as in the dry season it is separated by a wide expanse of sand from the river channel and the steamer ghat, and during the rains it occupies a narrow strip of land bounded on one side by the stream and on the other by a large jliil and swampy ground. It is faced across the stream by low wooded hills, but on its own side of the river the immediate surroundings are flat and uninteresting. The native quarter stretches for some distance along the bank ; the civil station lies at its northern end ; the jail occupies the farther end of the civil station, and the military police lines are located to the north again of the jail. The civil station, which is protected by embankments from the en- croachment of the river on one side and of the jhil on the other, contains the District court and circuit house, the residences of the local officials, and the club. The civil hospital and the post and telegraph offices are in the native quarter. Kindat was a frontier post of some importance in Burmese times, but has never succeeded in attracting much trade, and is still nothing more than a village. The hospital contains 16 beds, and there is a small Anglo-vernacular school. Kindat is not a municipality, and can boast of little in the way of roads or other public improvements.

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Note: National, provincial and district boundaries have changed considerably since 1908. Typically, old states, ‘divisions’ and districts have been broken into smaller units, and many tahsils upgraded to districts. Some units have since been renamed. Therefore, this article is being posted mainly for its historical value.

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