Aurangabad also know as the City of Gates has multiple identities. The Ajanta and Ellora caves, the Bibi Ka Maqbara , the Daulatabad Fort etc; One cannot miss the ancient history and culture of our nation when visiting this divine city.
The City gets its nickname ‘the City of Gates’ as it originally had 52 gates which was established during the Mugal era however, only 13 of them have survived.
Similar to these gates, the city was also once home to multiple water-bodies such as lakes and ponds. With rapid urbanization and industrialization, the still remaining water-bodies are either heavily contaminated with solid and liquid waste or is either being slowly built upon.
After an extremely productive 2019; with 52 water bodies restored in the calendar year, we at E.F.I were scouting for water bodies across the country to be taken up for Eco-Restoration.
The City of Aurangabad has in recent times faced acute water shortage. Rainfall activity in the city and its suburbs has diminished over the years and majority of the population is dependent on ground water reserves.
Having understood the criticality of the water crisis, E.F.I in association with the Aurangabad District Administration and Goodyear Tyres have started work on restorating the Shenpunji Lake in Aurangabad.
Restoring these water bodies shall ensure there is increased water storage volume available in the water bodies. This shall help the cities both in case of flooding and droughts, hence having many tangible and intangible positive impacts on the local population.
In the following week the Shenpunji lake will be scientifically restored with several unique feature that will enrich the biodiversity of the locality.
More details on and updates from the restoration to follow. Stay tuned!
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