Delhi's Baolis by Simon de Trey-White
4th November, 2012, Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, India. View of the baoli at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. This baoli is unusual as it is circular. It is inside a fortress built by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq to house his version of Delhi city called Ferozabad. It is currently being restored and is kept locked due to the deaths of three children who drowned, the water teams with large fish.
At the turn of the last century, Delhi had more than 100 baolis, today, many of them have caved in or dried up owing to the declining water table. The number has shrunk to about 15, according to the ASI. Stepwells (Baolis) are examples of the many types of storage and irrigation tanks that were developed in India, mainly to cope with seasonal fluctuations in water availability.
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