The water bodies were designed in between the hills at a height of several thousands of feet from above the gr…Read More
GUNTUR: While the present day governments are struggling to ready effective water management policies, the 13th century Reddy king of Kondaveedu region developed massive water bodies right on the hill fort. Several ponds and deep wells of 13th century were brimming with waters following the recent heavy rains and attracting the tourists to Kondaveedu fort. The water bodies were designed in between the hills at a height of several thousands of feet from above the ground level.
Archaeologists were also surprised at the way the water ponds and deep wells were constructed in different places which were geographically suitable not only to tap flood and rain waters but also help recharge the ground water across the region. “Normally, it is difficult to preserve water on the hill slopes which makes it difficult to manage the drinking water needs of entire armies of a kingdom. However, Prolaya Vemareddy, the first king of Reddy kingdom has moved his capital city from plain area of Addanki in Prakasam district to Kondaveedu only after readying the good number of water bodies on the top of the hills,” said historian Kalli Sivareddy.
Interestingly, many of the water bodies were intact even after several centuries and helping neighbouring villages get their ground water re-charged. The wells located on Kondaveedu fort were dug with deep depth so that it would never go dry. “Many of the tanks located on the hill top were fortified with 30ft width bund. This shows the perfect planning of the rulers on water management centuries ago,” said Sivareddy.
Curiously, deep wells from the top to bottom were interconnected with underground pipelines, which help pumping of surplus water from the upper-end well to the downstream well in a systematic manner. Archaeologists found deep wells right adjacent to the massive open tanks on the fort hill. They noted that it shows the exemplary way of designing the water bodies to provide water to thousands of army personnel as well as other workers on the fort. In fact, the water bodies developed in between the three hills of Kondaveedu made several thousands of acres at the bottom of the hills green thanks to availability of abundant ground water in the region. Sivareddy said that recent rains have made the fort region more picturesque spot as visitors thronging to the hill top leaving the covid-19 fears away as the fort offers fresh breezy air.