Khooni Bhandara

  • A unique underground water management structure of the Mughal era in Madhya Pradesh, known as the ‘Khooni Bhandara,’ is eyeing the tag of UNESCO world heritage site.
  • The ancient water supply system was envisaged and constructed by Mughal Subedar Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khana of Emperor Jehangir’s regime.
  • The Subedar – known to be a man of huge foresight, collected information on the the groundwater resources in the Satpuda region and to tap the resources properly and provide its benefit to the residents of Burhanpur, constructed the unique water supply system in year 1615.
  • The structure includes several small ponds were constructed in various parts to collect water.
  • The water was transported through baked clay pipes to the Pond at Shaniwara Dwar in Burhanpur city.
  • The water from this pond was then supplied to the palaces, Masjids and residences of common people again using underground pipes. Though the system is not in use presently, it is yet very much workable.

Source: TH & Wikimapia

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