By Sumit Chakraborty and Shubhra Kingdang
The authors are freelance writer and photographer from Kolkata and Associate Editor, G’nY, respectively,
The lifeline of the UNESCO heritage site was choked off when the Panchana Dam was built on the Gambhir River. Now there is a move to reserve a share of water from the very same Dam for the Park and rejuvenate the millions that depend on it for their lives and livelihood.
The Keoladeo National Park (KNP), Bharatpur - one of the most renowned artificial wetlands in the world, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985. In the recent past, both the wetland and its heritage tag have been threatened, due mainly to the scarcity of water. Traditionally the main source of water for the Park was derived from the Ajan Bund (embankment) - constructed by Maharaja Suraj Mahl between 1726-1763 to protect the town of Bharatpur from recurring floods of...