Words By Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
"We have also written to the states to identify traditional water bodies in every district within the next three months.
This idea came from Bundelkhand, says Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
Water scarcity in the region has always been a topic of discussion, but it was not the case this time.
There is a reason for it. Nearly 600-1,000 years ago, the Chandela dynasty king of Bundelkhand built 9,000 tanks in the region.
Over the years, they had all disappeared. Then, 2,500 of them were identified, of which 250 have been revived in the last two years.
That has ended half their water troubles.
So if all the 9,000 tanks are revived, then Bundelkhand will be a water-rich area.
The science behind the tanks also fascinates me. All of them are interconnected — so one gets filled when the other spills.
There is a water body at Jaipur’s Jaigarh fort which has a capacity of three crore litres. It also has a canal network of 25 km which was used to channel rainwater. This water was sufficient for 30,000 soldiers who lived there for one year. It was built 300 years ago and is still functional."
Image: Amit Mehra / Indian Express
Words: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in his interview in IE