One of the great legacies of Arabs and Persians to the world, the Qanat (Arabic for conduit) or Karez (Persian for smaller channels) system of irrigation – which made agriculture and town life possible in areas that would otherwise have been too arid – is now being revived in semi-arid Bidar, Karnataka’s less developed district in India.
Karez Systems in Bidar district were first documented in the 1920s. (Supplied)
Community water system
V. Govindankutty has spent nearly two years mapping every detail including condition assessment. (Supplied)
“The district administration and the Tourism Department are doing great work and should continue to carry this forward,” says Govindankutty. (Supplied)