The fear of being lowered 80 feet into the ground by a precarious lift, able to hold one moderately built person at a time, disappears as one intercepts a long underground tunnel whose one end is visible but the other is lost in the labyrinth of curves. The consistently dripping water along the wall of the tunnel and a continuous stream beneath completes the school lessons on hydrological cycle. What one is witness to is the famous Kundi Bhandara, part of the water works system that was established in 1615 AD and which continues to supply water four centuries hence to a population of no less than 50,000 in the city of Burhanpur. One learns that this is one of the last functional systems, of the eight that the Mughal rulers had constructed under the guidance of a Persian geologist, Tabkutul Arz.
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