Our series of posts about Jal Mahal would be incomplete without telling you the turn around episode of it in recent years.
Jal Mahal was meticulously restored as part of the Jal Tarang project. For the first time in 2005, the Public and Private sectors had joined hands to revive a Heritage Site in Rajasthan. The project provides a best practice blueprint for future projects in India requiring environmental revitalization, historic monument restoration and tourist development, implemented on a public-private partnership basis.
The restoration is no less than a unique endeavor for revitalisation. Following is the photo essay that takes you through various parts of the structure before and after its restoration.
THEN Jal Mahal corridors in ruins with roof collapse. NOW Restored corridors developed on the lines of the original design of Jal Mahal.
THEN Chameli bagh in ruins unkempt with wild dried vegetation. NOW An oasis of tranquility, the Chameli Bagh has white flowering and fragrant plants and trees.
THEN Dilapilated walls at Jal Mahal. NOW Restored walls at Jal Mahal.
THEN The Jal Mahal monument with sewage-soaked walls sitting on a cesspool. NOW The Jal Mahal monument and the Mansagar lake restored to its pristine glory.
THEN Jal Mahal roof top falling down on its lost legs. NOW The Chameli Bagh recreating the pleasures of a Rajput Garden.
THEN Mansagar Lake, a dumping ground of city’s sewage. NOW Mansagar Lake- a proud home of more then 40 species of nesting birds.
THEN Jal Mahal corridor in ruins with roof collapse and cracks. NOW Roof restored and rebuilt with stone using traditional methods and processes.
THEN Inflow of contaminated waste water. NOW Inflow of treated waste water.
THEN A malodorous sewage pond filling air with a foul stench. NOW Vividly rejuvenated Mansagar Lake with vastly improved water quality.
THEN A deserted roof top of Jal Mahal. NOW A re-energized rood top of a revitalized Jal Mahal.