150-metre long British-era bunker unearthed inside Raj Bhavan in Maharashtra [Photos]

A forgotten 150-metre long, underground British-era bunker was unearthed inside the sprawling Raj Bhavan complex at Malabar Hill in south Mumbai, an official said on Tuesday.

FP Staff August 17, 2016 14:50:52 IST
A forgotten 150-metre long, underground British-era bunker was unearthed inside the sprawling Raj Bhavan complex at Malabar Hill in south Mumbai, an official said on Tuesday. Image: CMO
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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, an official said on Tuesday. Image: CMO
Governor C.V. Rao and senior officials went around the bunker on Tuesday. Around three months ago, some old-timers informed the Governor of the existence of a tunnel inside the Raj Bhavan on the shores of the Arabian Sea. He asked to get it opened. Image: CMO
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Governor C.V. Rao and senior officials went around the bunker on Tuesday. Around three months ago, some old-timers informed the Governor of the existence of a tunnel inside the Raj Bhavan on the shores of the Arabian Sea. He asked to get it opened. Image: CMO
The bunker opens with a 20-feet tall gate and a ramp on the western side. There are long passages connecting small to medium room on both sides. Image: CMO
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The bunker opens with a 20-feet tall gate and a ramp on the western side. There are long passages connecting small to medium room on both sides. Image: CMO
Though the underground bunker had apparently been closed after India's independence in 1947, it has remained surprisingly intact and has a drainage system with inlets for fresh air and light. Image: CMO
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Though the underground bunker had apparently been closed after India's independence in 1947, it has remained surprisingly intact and has a drainage system with inlets for fresh air and light. Image: CMO
The bunker's rooms are named Shell Store, Gun Shell, Cartridge Store, Shell Lift, Pump and Workshop and there are scores of Lamp Recesses in the gangway. Image: CMO
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The bunker's rooms are named Shell Store, Gun Shell, Cartridge Store, Shell Lift, Pump and Workshop and there are scores of Lamp Recesses in the gangway. Image: CMO
After the discovery of the Bunker, Rao has said he would consult experts to preserve it. The barack with 13 rooms of varying sizes, spreads over an area of more than 5,000 square feet. Image: CMO
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After the discovery of the Bunker, Rao has said he would consult experts to preserve it. The barack with 13 rooms of varying sizes, spreads over an area of more than 5,000 square feet. Image: CMO