In Pictures: British-era bunker discovered under Raj Bhavan

Updated: Aug 19, 2016, 14:33 IST
  • In Pictures: British-era bunker discovered under Raj Bhavan
    The bunker that had been closed for several decades was discovered by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. All pics courtesy @Dev_Fadnavis/ Twitter
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    Devendra Fadnavis and the governor visited the place, and the Maharashtra chief minister even tweeted a video of their visit
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    The Governor, accompanied by his wife Vinodha, visited the bunker yesterday after which the Governor expressed his intention to consult experts from various fields to preserve it
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    There are also scores of Lamp Recesses in the gangway
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  • In Pictures: British-era bunker discovered under Raj Bhavan
    The Raj Bhavan, formerly known as ‘Government House’ served as the residence of British Governors since 1885 when Lord Reay turned it into a permanent residence. Prior to 1885, it served as the Summer Residence of the British Governors. The Government House at Parel served as the Governor’s residence before 1885
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  • In Pictures: British-era bunker discovered under Raj Bhavan
    Even though the Bunker was apparently closed after Independence, it was found to be surprisingly intact
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    About three months ago, when old-timers informed the Governor that there exists a tunnel inside Raj Bhavan, the Governor asked to get it opened
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    On August 12, when 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, they were surprised
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  • In Pictures: British-era bunker discovered under Raj Bhavan
    Instead of an underground tunnel, an entire barrack with 13 rooms of different sizes was found. 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
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  • In Pictures: British-era bunker discovered under Raj Bhavan
    The bunker is spread over an area of more than 5,000 square feet has rooms bearing the names Shell Store, Gun Shell, Cartridge Store, Shell Lift, Pump, Workshop etc
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    Interestingly the entire underground bunker has a drainage system and inlets for fresh air and light
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A forgotten 150-metre long, underground British-era bunker was unearthed inside the sprawling Raj Bhavan complex at Malabar Hill in south Mumbai on Tuesday. Here are some pictures 

 

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