AMC begins restoring Bapunagar, Vadaj vavs

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago | 29-11-2022 | 06:00 am

AMC begins restoring Bapunagar, Vadaj vavs

Several stepwells and heritage sites are undergoing restoration as part of a project by AMC’s Ahmedabad World Heritage City Trust (AWHCT). At present, the restoration work at vavs (stepwells) in Vadaj and Bapunagar is underway and so is the fortification of the wall between Nehru Bridge and Ellisbridge. The process involves experts looking for decayed structures in need for restoration. AWHCT will also lend a hand at restoring other AMC-owned sites.Highlighting the challenges of restoration, those in the know said the Bapunagar and Vadaj both are different as far as construction is concerned. The Vadaj Vav is made of a combination of brick and stone and is deep while the Bapunagar Vav is made exclusively of traditional bricks and is shallow. Both the Vavs were filled with debris and solid waste and did not have access to water perhaps because the water table has fallen.Ashish Trambadia, Director, AWHCT said the restoration will help in retaining the structure in a certain way. Giving details of the restoration, Trambadia said the Vadaj Vav will be restored with traditional lime plaster. “Working with lime requires skill. This construction doesn’t have cement which sets fast. Lime plaster on the other hand takes at least a month to set but it is a breathable traditional material,” he said.

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