A naher providing water to the historical Panchakki in the city has choked with silt and garbage. It has not been cleaned even once in the last 400 years, informed sources.
Lokmat Times had earlier published news about water from the nahers being used by citizens on a large scale. Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court took note of this news and had ordered the survey of nahers after which the survey has begun.
Survey team reached Bibi-ka-Maqbara at 11 am to begin inspections. The team took about an hour to get down the naher along with the equipment. Chief surveyor and architect Pradeep Deshpande and his assistants stepped down the manhole number 14 of the naher providing water to this watermill.
The naher is located around 15 to 20 feet underground and gives a feel of an air conditioned room.
Naher full of garbage
Width of the naher varies from two and a half feet to three feet while at some places it is around five feet. There is not a single drop of water in the naher. Silt and garbage was found more than two feet deep.
There is a manhole located at every 100 to 150 feet. Some manholes are closed permanently.
However, the natural stream of the water is still present.
Team members had to proceed one after another after entering the naher. All were provided helmets and a torch. It was suffocating 20 feet deep underground and oxygen cylinders were provided to the team members who were ascertaining cracks in the canal, repairs needed, length and breadth of the canal and other measurements.
Survey of 344 metres
Survey began at 11 am and concluded at 4 pm. It was conducted from manhole number 14 to 18 measuring to around 344 metres. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation's Naser Khan was also involved in the survey work.