As we marvel at the grandeur of Aurangabad, there’s a historic waterway known as Neher-e-Ambari. The origins of Neher-e-Ambari can be traced back to the 16th century during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, the fourth Sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. However, the local civic body and the state government have not yet carried out an exploration here despite the Bombay High Court’s order to map the underground water aqueduct.
What Is Neher-e-Ambari?
Remains of ancient Underground water supply system Neher E Ambari found during digging in Aurangabad. No one cares even in Heritage Week. pic.twitter.com/kmCYz9c03T
— Mahesh Digamber Joshi (@mahitri) November 20, 2016
Dating back hundreds of years, this architectural marvel has stood as a testament to the ingenuity of its creators and continues to captivate visitors with its beauty and significance. In addition, Neher-e-Ambari has played a vital role in the development and sustenance of the city.
Recognising the importance of water for agriculture, daily life, and the growth of the city, Sultan Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah undertook this ambitious task. And, the construction of Neher-e-Ambari began in 1626 and spanned several years.
Skilled engineers, architects, and workers meticulously designed and built the canal. The architectural embellishments add to the canal’s visual appeal. The primary source of water for the canal was the Musi River, located on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Then, a network of canals, aqueducts, and sluice gates channels the water to different parts of the city.
The Structure Is More Than An Architectural Marvel
Malik Ambar was a genius. He designed and built Neher-E-Ambari, a network of water channels designed to provide water to the whole city. Much like modern times. He also built water hammer arresters to prevent earthen pipes from bursting during surge. https://t.co/vyYKxJF2P9
— anechoic (@anechoic_calm) June 20, 2018
The significance of Neher-e-Ambari extends beyond its functional purpose of water supply. It has played a crucial role in the growth and development of Hyderabad over the centuries. The availability of a reliable water source facilitated agricultural activities, enabling farmers to cultivate crops and sustain livelihoods.
Neher-e-Ambari has witnessed the passage of time, surviving through various historical events and societal changes. The significance extends beyond its functional purpose of water supply.
Preserving and maintaining Neher-e-Ambari is a collective responsibility among local authorities, conservation organizations, and the community at large. Efforts are also made for protecting the canal from encroachments, pollution, and degradation. Yet, it’s a long way! Restoration projects have been undertaken to ensure its long-term survival.
Have you taken a visit to Aurnagabad’s Neher-e-Ambari yet?
Cover image credits: Twitter/Mahesh Digamber Joshi