The Union Ministry of Jal Shakti had constituted a Committee to identify 75 Water Heritage Structure (WHS) in reference to 75 years of India’s Independence.
A total of 421 nominations were received through States/UTs, Central Agencies, NGOs and general public and out of which Committee has recommended 75 water heritage structures, which includes 6 water heritage structure from Madhya Pradesh, 7 each from Rajasthan & TamilNadu, 5 Water Heritage Structure each from Gujarat & Karnataka and 4 Water Heritage Structure from Maharashtra, Telegana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh & Assam.
In this connection, “Jal-Itihas” sub-portal under India-WRIS portal, showcasing the 75 WHS, was launched (https://indiawris.gov.in/wris/) on 5th January, 2023 at the 1st All India State Ministers Conference on Water at Bhopal.
State/UT wise details of these WHS are at Annexure. At present there is no central fund allocated/disbursed for maintenance of these sites.
There is no provision under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 to declare a site as a “Water Heritage Site” under Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
However, the Ministry of Jal Shakti had constituted a Committee to identify 75 Water Heritage Structure (WHS) in reference to 75 years of India’s Independence.
This information was given by Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Bishweswar Tudu in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Monday.