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PR No. 919 SCR Revives Heritage Well at Zonal Railway Training Institute, Secunderabad

-It is step-well which is nearly 200 years old.

-The well  roughly yields 1 lakh liters of water per day

South Central Railway has rejuvenated the 200 year old Heritage Well at Zonal Railway Training Institute (ZRTI), Moula-Ali, Secunderabad, in tune with the emphasis laid by Ministry of Railways towards conservation of water and revival of water bodies. The well has been catering to the water requirements of the Zonal Railway Training Institute for over five decades. The project was undertaken with a cost of approximately Rs. 6 lakh and is expected to generate substantial savings of around Rs. 5 lakh per month.

            The heritage well which has a depth of about 50 ft. is yielding 1 lakh liters of water per day which is catering to the water supply needs ZRTI, Supervisors Training Centre (STC) and Territorial Camp (TA) office in the area. Rain Water harvesting pits have also been provided in the surrounding areas which will help to reduce rain water runoff and facilitate water conservation.

In addition, the well has been covered with Nylon mesh which helps to keep the water clean by preventing falling of leaves or other materials into the water. While pumping the water, manual chlorination is also being used to ensure supply of uncontaminated water. Maintenance and cleaning of the heritage well is being undertaken o­n regular basis. Beautification of the heritage well has been undertaken with fresh painting and decorative LED Lightings.

            Shri Arun Kumar Jain, General Manager, South Central Railway appreciated the initiative undertaken by Hyderabad Division and ZRTI for revival of the heritage step-well. He stated that South Central Railway is committed towards environmental conservation and is continuously implementing several green initiatives and eco-friendly plans of action, in this regard. He stated that the revived heritage well will adequately serve all the domestic water requirements of ZRTI and also the surrounding offices (STC and TA Camp).

Historic significance:-

The Heritage well is said to be 200 year old open well provided with steps. The well has got historic significance during the pre-independence era of the Nizam period. Sir Mir Turab Ali Khan, Salar Jung-I (1829-1883) who was considered to be o­ne of the greatest Prime Ministers of Hyderabad used the well for irrigation purposes of mango gardens. For the purpose of staying of irrigation staff, 10 rooms were constructed by Nizams, parallel to the wall of the north side of the well. In post Independence period, the well was inherited by SCR in its formation year 1966. 

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