A 150-metre long underground British era bunker which had been closed for several decades was discovered by Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao inside the Raj Bhavan complex at Malabar Hill in Mumbai.
Mumbai: British era bunker discovered in Maharashtra Raj Bhavan, experts being consulted pic.twitter.com/INAMKxdBnq— ANI (@ANI_news) August 17, 2016
Mr Rao accompanied by his wife Vinodha visited the bunker on Tuesday, after which the Governor expressed his intention to consult experts from various fields to preserve it.
Experts are being called to demystify the history of tunnel.Hon Governor has spoken to Hon President about this. pic.twitter.com/PLX3XUesSi— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) August 16, 2016
The Governor had directed to get the bunker opened after he was informed by old-timers three months ago about the presence of a tunnel inside the Raj Bhavan.
On August 12, the staff of the Public Works Department at Raj Bhavan broke open a temporary wall that closed the entrance to the bunker on the eastern side, the official said in a statement.
Instead of an underground tunnel, an entire barrack with 13 rooms of different sizes was found.
This tunnel is 150meter long 3meter wide and height is around 12 feet.Bunker is spread over area of 5000sq ft. pic.twitter.com/U5dqkkBwm7— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) August 16, 2016
The bunker opens with a 20-ft tall gate and a ramp on the western side. There are long passages and small to medium rooms on either side, he said.
The bunker spread over an area of over 5,000 square feet has rooms bearing the name Shell Store, Gun Shell, Cartridge Store, Shell Lift, Pump, Workshop etc. There are also scores of Lamp Recesses in the gangway.