The historic Bansilalpet stepwell in Secunderabad will be inaugurated on December 5 by IT Minister K T Rama Rao, after months of delay and completion of restoration work.
A tourist area, a scale model of the stepwell, and an exhibition of the tools used to remove the silt, debris, and trash that had accumulated in the well are all part of the restored stepwell.
On Friday, animal husbandry minister T Srinivas Yadav and MAUD special chief secretary Arvind Kumar inspected the stepwell. It was reported that they were accompanied by Rainwater Project, a social enterprise led by Kalpana Ramesh. The restoration of the age-old structure is to be credited to the Telangana government, in collaboration with this social enterprise.
“It took more than six months to clear more than 500 tonnes of trash, silt, and debris that had collected over the years. After the stepwell was cleaned, work on the building was initiated,” said Srinivas Yadav.
According to Kalpana Ramesh, who has actively participated in the restoration of such heritage projects as the Bansilalpet stepwell, there are over 600 heritage step wells in the state, with about 60-80 of them located in the twin cities.
Kalpana emphasizes that restoring such wells could aid in the resolution of urban flooding issues, the reduction of groundwater pollution, and the assurance of water security. She also encouraged non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists to get involved in the restoration of such projects.
The film producer Shobu Yarlagadda had also visited the well and praised Kalpana Ramesh and her team for their efforts to restore it as part of the “Rainwater” project.
It is worth noting that Rama Rao is also scheduled to inaugurate and launch some projects taken up by HMDA in Kukatpally on December 3.
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