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Utilize ‘wasted’ Panchakki water for drinking

shriram | 3rd February 2015 | Latest News
Utilize ‘wasted’ Panchakki water for drinking

    In the backdrop of severe drought in the city, the district administration is planning to utilize lakhs of litres of water that is getting wasted daily at the Panchakki since its inception in the 17th century.

The district administration recently tested the water samples at the Panchakki and concluded that it is potable and pure enough for being utilized for drinking. During the tests, the authorities found that with no proper channel in place to utilize the water reaching the Panchakki through aqueducts, over 12 lakh litres of water flows into the neighbouring nullah daily.

The 17th century water mill is an engineering marvel, run by an underground water channel, whose source is located 8 km away. The water mill was designed to use the energy generated by flowing water from a nearby spring to turn the large grinding stones of the flour mill. The mill was built following a system introduced by Malik Ambar, the slave king, a contemporary of Mughal emperor Jehangir.

The 'neher' - the aqueduct - is still functional, though it has been vandalised and encroached upon at many places on its way to the Panchakki.

In a bid to boost tourism in the city, the Maharashtra Tourist Development Corporation recently sanctioned Rs 3.2 crore for the facelift of the Panchakki.


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