Stepwells of Jaipur

Exploring into the ancient water wisdom of Jaipur Rajasthan, India. Anubhuti Chandna Jaipur is one of the first planned city of northern India based on the principles of “Shilpa Shastra”, in fact “Jaipur clearly represents a dramatic departure from extant medieval cities with its ordered, grid-like structure – broad streets, criss-crossing at right anglese, earmarked…

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Dewatering motor

An indigenous technical device placed at the edge of the Kayalnilam for pumping water out from low-lying areas to the major canals or backwaters. It consists of a submerged brass vessel that sucks water out and is run by an electric motor kept inside the pump house. The sucked water flows out through a rectangular…

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Kuttanad Kayalnilam Agrosystem

A traditional paddy farming systembelow sea level. Naeema Ali The birth of the cultural landscape was marked by the onset of the land reclamation process, locally known as “Kayalkuthu”. When the region encountered acute food shortage in the late 1800s, the virgin landscapes were considered as a gift from the backwaters and were brought to…

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Delhi Sultanate Waterworks

Ancient network of water harvestingstructures in Delhi, India. Tanvi Gupta Delhi is located in the Northern part of India being continuously inhabited since the 6th century B.C. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as the capital of various kingdoms, most notably the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal empire. Two prominent features of the geography…

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Wet ploughing

The action of turning up the earth when the fields are flooded with a plough that is made of locally available materials, like wood, in order to improve the workability of the soil. In the older days and even nowadays, some of the farmers employ cattle, like cows, to pull the plough manually. Project Name:…

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Baoli (water stories)

Rainwater and natural stormwater channels from Delhi ridge are stored in the ground and it is directly accessible to people by a flight of stairs. The narrow staircase is divided into three parts, which runs along the inner three walls of rectangular baoli. Project Name: Delhi Sultanate Waterworks, Ancient network of water harvesting structures, Delhi,…

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Bund

Water harvesting mud embankments restrain natural streams of stormwater runoff in its upper reaches and direct it for storage in hauz (lake) and baoli (stepwell). Project Name: Delhi Sultanate Waterworks, Ancient network of water harvesting structures, Delhi, India Climate: Overlap of humid subtropical and semi arid Year: 1206 A.D. – 1526 A.D. Water type: Drinkable…

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Baoli (water works)

Rainwater and natural storm water channels from Delhi ridge is stored in ground and it is directly accessible to people by a flight of stairs. The narrow staircase is divided into three parts, which runs along inner three walls of rectangular baoli. Project Name: Delhi Sultanate Waterworks, Ancient network of water harvesting struc-tures, Delhi, India…

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Hauz

Water tanks which harvest rainwater and stormwater during monsoon season. Main function of the hauz was to collect rainwater over a large expanse of land. Project Name: Delhi Sultanate Waterworks, Ancient network of water harvesting structures, Delhi, India Climate: Overlap of humid subtropical and semi-arid Year: 1206 A.D. – 1526 A.D. Water type: Drinkable rainwater…

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