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Suranga Bawadi enters the World Monuments Watch List

Suranga Bawadi enters the World Monuments Watch List

In Karnataka’s Vijayapura Suranga Bawadi, an integral part of the ancient Karez system of supplying water through subterranean tunnels built during the Adil Shahi era, is ready to get funds for restoration. 

Key facts

  • A New York-based NGO has included it in the World Monument Watch list for 2020 along with 24 other monuments from all across the world.
  • The monument has been elected under the “Ancient Water System of the Deccan Plateau” by the World Monuments Fund (the NGO). 
  • The NGO monitors the restoration of ancient monuments across the globe.
  • Karez is a water harnessing technology in which groundwater is brought to the surface by a tunnel. In this system, gravity alone brings the water from the underground source and no mechanical pump or lift is used.The technology originated in Persia/Iran and was widely used during the medieval period.
  • Karez is believed to be one of the best systems in the world. But owing to lack of maintenance, it is in bad condition. 
  • This was built in the 16th century by Ali Adil Shah-I, his successor, Ibrahim Adil Shah-II, added more structures to strengthen it.

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