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Water conservation & Baori restoration at Kadam Kund, Jaipur

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Water conservation program in Jaipur with public participation by civic body- JMC. Kadam Kund.

During last few few weeks, there’s been a Baoris/Bawri (some call it Baolis specially in Delhi region) clean up drive in Jaipur initiated by the civic authority- Jaipur Municipal Corporation or JMC  in partnership with the local residents and public. The drive aims at restoration and clean up  at all ancient Baoris/Bawri in  Jaipur city. For uninitiated, a Baori is  a Stepwell. Common water source in this semi arid region. It’s an ancient system  that collects  water from rainfall to ensure availability of water for the public.One can find Baoris  stretching across a large geographical area, right from the state of Gujrat  to the capital region of Delhi. The dependence of people on this source continued till the new system of  tapped water lines replaced it at the beginning of 20th century. Therefore, people stopped visiting & depending on  them resulting  in it’s deterioration.

Of late, a drive to restore this important part of our culture and heritage is gaining ground. With Al-Nino effect in full swing, there’s been a major push to clean & restore these water sources. Water conservation is another impending factor. While, it’s not possible for me to document and present the entire drive, I’m posting few pictures which I captured by chance during my city exploration this week.

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Heritage Baori in Jaipur –Kadam Kund

Kadam Kund  is one of the Baoris under clean up & restoration drive. It has three reservoirs & is reasonably big. The source of water in this Baori is water collected from the nearby hills during the rainfall. During the monsoon season (rainy spell in Indian sub-continent) one can experience multiple waterfalls emanating from the nearby hills. I found local residents removing dirt and debris from Kadamb kund water reservoir during my visit. Some were dressed in  pre-designated  orange t-shirts with a special message printed on it while others chose their regular attire. The JMC provided support by way of resources like vehicles to remove the debris along with other logistical support. It’s great to see people coming forward for the cause.

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Local residents and public came forward to clean the Kadam Kund Baori  for water conservation. Kadam Kund, Jaipur

 

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water conservation program at Kadam Kund Bawri, Jaipur

 

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Local residents join hands for a great cause. Kadam Kund Bawri

 

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Water level marking at Kadam Kund reservoir, Jaipur
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Kadam Kund Baori, Jaipur

The current drive is a great attempt to clean ancient water sources before the onset of rains. Preserving our heritage, I feel is of utmost importance. A large number of Baoris were built by the royalty in 19th Century which are now in disrepair &  bad shape requiring urgent restoration. I hope to do few more write up on such Baoris in Jaipur pretty soon.

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16 thoughts on “Water conservation & Baori restoration at Kadam Kund, Jaipur

    1. The only reason why I can say that these time tested methods were put out of use is that we all beleived that we can get away with new systems – tapped water. Unfotunately, this has led to misuse of available resources. The newer systems tend to consume more water as well. This has led to drying or overburdening of source of origin. I’m sure nature will do something to restore balance. Famines, epidemics, floods were some of the checks performed by nature. We may try to over power nature, but we all know who the boss is! hanks for your thoughts. 🙂

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  1. God is found a way to say man that he has to start doing all the restoration of the water bodies. If we are to do something it’s for some selfish reason. We humans tend to mis-use things then realize it in a hard way. But good some reforms are happening. 🙂☺️😊

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    1. Thanks Meena for your thoughts. It’s true that we humans take everything to extreme…probably due to greed! Fortunately, nature has it’s own way of restoring balance and counter-balance. It’s just the start, whether it maintains the momentum or not…is yet to be seen! I hope that it does.. 🙂

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  2. this is so heartening…we really must keep our time tested methods of water conservation going…in goa,all the fields have these huge dug out ponds…usually they dry up only around mid may…this year,thanks to a below average rainfall last season…i saw most of them run dry by mid march…so ya…good going jaipur:)

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    1. Thanks Sandy! I have always felt that we are abandoning age old systems thinking that newer methods are better, without actually analysing it carefully. We are suffering from colonial mindset- anything emanating from west “must” be good. We tend to forget that systems used by our ancestors were devised based on local suitability. I hope we realize this..at least now! I can relate with what you exlained above in respect of Goa. I have seen them many years ago. well, El-Nino has affected everyone this year- across the globe!

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  3. Der aaye durust aaye! Better late than never….it’s heartening to see people join hands to help civic bodies…or is it vice versa…whatever, it is great to see this work gaining momentum. Conservation is the key word these days…our survival depends on it! Good picture coverage, as usual!

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