The Hauz Khas Lake (INTACH Lake Series #2)
Sharif-ud-din Yazdi, the historian of Timur, who invaded the area in 1398 A.D., wrote “Hauz Khas is a lake constructed by Firoz Shah and is so large that an arrow cannot be shot from one side to the other. It is filled by rain water in the rainy season and all the people of Delhi obtain water from it all the year around”.
Today, the Hauz is part of a large urban green in southern Delhi, comprising of distict park, deer park, wooded area, a rose garden and sundry sports complexes and picnic huts. Until 2005, the Hauz Khas Lake, which may be considered as the emerald amongst these greens was completely dry. From 2003, INTACH took up the mantle of restoring the Hauz Khas Lake.
The revival of the Hauz Khas was a pioneer effort with many replicable lessons.
Over time the painstaking efforts for its revival have faded from public memory. This monograph will hopefully restore belief in nature based solutions.