Every drop of rain that falls on Sunder Nursery is either stored in the lakes and underground tanks or recharges the ground water aquifers through the seven 16th century wells discovered in Sunder Nursery. In developing Sunder Nursery, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture ensured that each of the historic wells were painstakingly de-silted of the accumulated rubbish to their original depth. Similarly, all new constructions such as the Garden Amphitheatre and car parking are connected with the network of underground pipes laid here to ensure effective rainwater harvesting.
Previously the well at Sunder Nursery, were last been filled with water about 3-40 years ago. In another well at Sunder Nursery – which probably supplied water to travellers on the GT road a Persian inscription was also discovered.
At Sundar Nursery we were told of a well having been filled in only about 3-40 years ago and on investigation we did find the well which is now supply drinking water for the craftsmen engaged on the project. In another well at Sundar Nursery – which probably supplied water to travellers on the GT road a Persian inscription was also discovered. (this text will be as per ss shared)
Removing decades of rubble and deposits is more challenging and dangerous than digging a new well as there is always a fear of collapse and workers have to be confined to within the well. As part of the process to desilt the wells, pulleys were used to lift stones and earth thrown in with a basket filled by well-diggers who descend into the well each morning and remain there through the day.