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Neha Singh Chandel


Jammu - City of Water Systems : A Case of Ranbir Canal

The historic urban tissue of the Jammu City hills is representative of its irrigation channels and water systems of the settlements spanning Dev Dynasty (800-1500) up to Dogra Dynasty (1841-1947). The channels within the city were converted into roads leaving today the Nallahs that were once located on the periphery of the fort wall. These remaining nallahs and detention tanks stand today as an example of water conservation, irrigation as well as drainage construction typology of this big range of settlements. Similarly, outside the once fortified city, the Ranbir Canal was build by the Dogra ruler Maharaja Ranbir Singh for the City of Jammu and Ranbir Singh Pura. The canal stands today as an exemplary construction typology for irrigation of the late 19th century. Water is our common heritage and the waterscape adds environmental value to the City. The areas around the waterscape matrix of Jammu represents its historic urban environment and need to be sensitively planned. 

Report Content

Historical Timeline & Succession Maps 1,2,3

Historical Timeline & Succession Maps 4,5,6

Historical Timeline & Succession Maps 7,8,9

Historical Timeline, Succession Map 10 and Introduction to the City of Study

Framework, Water Systems of the city, Significance and Categorization

Pond, Nallah and Canal

Documentation and Analysis of Ranbir Canal

Observations on site use of Ranbir Canal to Tawi river access road

Value Assessment, Management, Upcoming Projects, Site Problems & their impact

Framework and Proposal