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Develop Heritage Anang Tal Baoli into a Jewel of Delhi: LG Shri VK Saxena

Sunday, June 26, 2022

•Develop Heritage Anang Tal Baoli into a Jewel of Delhi: LG Shri VK Saxena 

•Directs DDA, ASI & DJB to restore the Baoli (water body) in record time 

Anang Tal Baoli (pond), an 11th Century heritage structure of Delhi, since reduced to a basin of muck, thanks to the decades-old sediment of garbage, sewage discharge from the adjacent hotels and slums, will be restored to its past glory. In line with his commitment to restore the “forgotten” and "derelict" heritage of Delhi and truly make Delhi a “City of Joy”, LG has instructed that the Baoli be brought back to life with fresh water within two months. Shri Saxena stressed that the restoration should be carried out, strictly kerping in mind the preservation of the heritage identity of the structure, particularly its features buried underground. He was accompanied by senior officials of DDA, DJB, ASI and Forest Department on a visit to the site today. The LG instructed officials concerned  to make coordinated efforts to restore the Baoli in record time.

Anang Tal Baoli is nestled in the thick reserve forest “Sanjay Van”, which is a part of the South Central Ridge. It was constructed in the 11th Century by Anangpala II, the Tomar ruler who is said to have inhabited the city of Delhi around his citadel of Lal Kot- one of the earliest known fort in Delhi.
While DDA has immediately begun de-silting of the Anang Tal Baoli, the ASI too, will begin the excavation work and submit a report in the next 3-4 days along with a concrete time-frame to complete the restoration work. De-silting of the pond will be completed before the arrival of monsoon so that the pond could be filled with fresh rainwater. 
Restoration of the 45-feet deep Anang Tal Baoli will not only recharge the groundwater but also add to the aesthetic beauty of the area and has the potential of eventually developung into a tourist destination. The LG gave specific instructions to restore every heritage structure in the vicinity of the Baoli, underlining that this would create awareness among the large number of people visiting this forest. Another natural depression in the vicinity of Anang Tal Baoli was also identified for converting into a water reservoir.

The LG was informed that the sewage water flowing into the Baoli from the adjacent hotels and jhuggis has now been stopped and a chunk of encroached land inside the forest area has been cleared. The LG directed officials to carry out plantation of fruit-bearing trees within the forest so as to outnumber the Vilayati Keekar trees. He also told officials to start cocoon rearing in Sanjay Van so as to create awareness among people, particularly school children about silk production.

Shri Saxena instructed the officials to identify green patches inside the forest that could be developed into the locations for organizing small national and international conferences, festivals, cultural events and other recreational activities in the natural ambience in harmony with the surroundings. He also asked the officials to identify and develop spots/viewing  points within the forest that offered a clear view of the Qutub Minar.

Shri Saxena emphasized that Anang Tal was an unexplored heritage of Delhi that has the potential of meeting Delhi’s ever-growing need for leisure space. Shri Saxena instructed the concerned agencies to ensure eco friendly public amenities like toilets, drinking water, restaurants, etc. inside the park for the convenience of visitors. 

He directed that an MoU be worked and signed, between DDA, ASI, World Monument Fund (WMF), India and Tata Consultancy Services Foundation (TCSF) within a week to carry out comprehensive restoration of the heritage Baoli.


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