Udaipur : Members of the Udaipur chapter of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) have demanded the officials to rectify information displayed on the signage at Badi talab, one of a prominent tourist spot in Udaipur city. PS Ranawat, a retired professor and coordinator of the Geo Heritage group of INTACH, in his letter to the collector has drawn attention to the incorrect information scribed on the board. In the signage the dates regarding the construction of the waterbody, holding capacity and even the construction cost mentioned is incorrect, Ranawat claims.
“Jana Sagar is a scenic and historical lake near Udaipur, which is situated about 12 km NW of Udaipur which was built at the orders of Maharana Raj Singh-I during the period November 15, 1664 through February 11, 1669 in memory of his mother Jana Devi. The dam was built at the cost of Rs. 2, 61,000″ Ranawat writes in his letter addressed to the collector. The dam successfully withstood the devastating floods of 1887 CE when lake water poured over the dam. This popular picnic site is commonly known as “Bari-ka-Talab” as it is located near the village Bari.
The embankment of the reservoir is typical masonry gravity dam that displays the classic fabric of a dam constructed in accordance with the norms of Indian secular architecture (Jan Sthapatya). At 9.7 m depth this lake is deepest of the lakes in and around Udaipur. The Lake has an area of about 3.24 sq km having a capacity to hold 1.13 million cubic meters of water, which is used for irrigation of agriculture fields & orchards to its downstream side. The reservoir also provides water to Udaipur Water Works for the city.