Representatives of IHCN in one of the tunnels in Vijayapura. – The Hindu com
Vijayapura district in-charger Minister M.B. Patil has said that Minister of State for Tourism Priyank Kharge has granted Rs. 8 crore to the district for reviving and restoring the ancient underground water system Karez.
Chairing a review meeting here on Wednesday, he said that the Karez of Vijayapura was one of the best underground water supply systems in the world developed during the Adil Shahi era.
“Experts believe that if the ancient project is restored, then it would get easily qualified for securing UNESCO’s heritage tag,” he said.
The Minister instructed Deputy Commissioner K.B. Shivakumar to seek the help of Aga Khan Foundation and a retired ASI official in preparing a detailed project report for getting UNESCO’s heritage tag for the ancient Adil Shahi monuments of the city.
Ancient water supply system in Karnataka being mapped — The Hindu com
The innovative concept of underground water supply built centuries ago in Vijayapura city during the Adil Shahi regime is now being mapped with a view to restoring this ancient system.
The dynasty that ruled between 1490 and 1686 constructed the complex and extensive subterranean tunnels to supply water to this ancient city.
The tunnels, which pass through most part of the old city of Vijayapura, are now being mapped by the Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN), an agency hired by the district administration.
“We are conducting a preliminary survey of all major water sources of Adil Shahi era, which includes, Karez (meaning underground water supply system in Persian), Gunjs (overhead stone tanks), and Bawadis (open wells) of the city. Within a couple of months, we expect to submit the preliminary report to the government,” said Kishore Raykar, director of the agency.
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