The Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) is currently in the process of restoring the Bansilalpet heritage step-well. Built during the Nizam era, the well was once a source of water for the people of Bansilalpet and nearby areas. However, over the years, the step-well, like many of its kind in the city, has been turned into garbage dumping grounds.
The restoration project is part of the Rainwater Project, and about 75 workers, JCBs, and hitachis are being used to clean the debris and garbage accumulated over the years. However, Bansilalpet is not the first of its kind restoration in the city.
The government is committed to restoring all the step-wells in the city and clean them up so that they can become storehouses of clean water. This would also be environmentally friendly as no garbage would mean no mosquitoes and no water-borne diseases in the neighborhood.
Earlier the state government had taken up the restoration work at Bhagwandas Bagh Baoli and Shiva Bagh Baoli, both of which are situated around Gudimalkapur. The government, for now, intends to completely restore 10 step wells.
According to a tweet by MAUD principal secretary Arvind Kumar, water would ooze out automatically once the garbage dumped through the years would be cleaned. Secunderabad Zonal Commissioner B Srinivas Reddy informs that the debris would be removed continuously for the next three days as a part of the restoration project.