Delhi's Baolis by Simon de Trey-White
9th September, 2012, Haus Khaz village, New Delhi, India. A man relaxes at dusk next to the the man-made Hauz Khas lake at Hauz Khas village in New Delhi. The water tank is a popular leisure venue in Delhi and was excavated during Alauddin Khilji‘s reign (1296–1316) in the second city of Delhi to meet the water supply needs of the newly built fort at Siri.
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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