Stepwells of Gurgaon create heritage awareness

Stepwells of Gurgaon create heritage awareness

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Stepwells of Gurgaon create heritage awareness -min

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Government’s efforts to highlight the rich heritage of the region should be seen in the light of recent incident of encroachment of a stepwell (baoli) in Badshahpur during a road construction. Though the stepwell was restored, this highlighted the condition of the old stepwells in the region and also the need for their conservation and restoration

Gurgaon is known for its high-rises and buildings with modern architecture. But the government has different plans for Gurgaon – making Gurgaon a heritage stopover for tourists visiting the famed Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Government’s efforts to highlight the rich heritage of the region should be seen in the light of recent incident of encroachment of a stepwell (baoli) in Badshahpur during a road construction. Though the stepwell was restored, this highlighted the condition of the old stepwells in the region and also the need for their conservation and restoration. The government considers these stepwells have the potential to attract sizeable tourists into the state.

Conservationists and activists also feel that the stepwells need to be identified as heritage structure and notified in the master plan. Also, there is need to revive the stepwell and bring it back to its original shape and condition.

Badshahpur Stepwell was built in 1905 to conserve the water due to the crisis, and also as a source of water for the domesticated animals. The catchment area has been obliterated due to construction and encroachment. Recently, the stepwell came into prominence when HUDA planned to construct road nearby which would have caused the destruction of this heritage structure. However, due to public outcry HUDA agreed to review its decision and promised to alter the road alignment, if needed, to avoid risk to the stepwell.

There is another stepwell, Dhumaspur Stepwell, which was built 200 years ago. This stepwell too is in danger of encroachment.