The Naher Preservation Committee (NPC) has decided to survey the interiors of the underground ancient water sources — Naher-e-Ambari and Naher-e-Panchakki — in phases from May 13 onwards.
The decision came at a meeting held in the office of Aurangabad Municipal Corporation's (AMC) city engineer M D Sonawane, this morning. Historian Dr Ramzan Shaikh, assistant director (town planning) D P Kulkarni, executive engineer (water supply) Hemant Kolhe, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) engineer P G Deshmukh, MTDC's Naser Khan, Sambhaji Adkune, retired state archaeologist M M Kanade, architect Pradeep Deshpande and civic engineers S S Kulkarni, Mohammed Waseel, Vijay Shevtare and others attended the meeting.
The meeting suggested that the survey of the interiors of these ancient nahers be started from May 13 in phases. "It is quite a risky task to survey the interiors of these underground nahers," the members said and urged the civic body to ensure the safety of surveyors.
It was decided that the AMC would provide oxygen cylinders and masks to the surveyors. It would also make available an emergency van.
The survey will start from the manhole of the Naher-e-Ambari at Himayat Baugh (at 10 am on May 13). Equipped with masks and oxygen cylinders, surveyors Kakasaheb Randive and Junaid Khan will video the interiors of the nahars as well as take photographs. Architect Pradeep Deshpande will prepare a record with the assistance of engineer Rashmi Chaudhary.