A 150-metre long British era bunker was discovered by Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao inside the Raj Bhavan complex at Malabar Hill in Mumbai. The underground bunker had been closed for several decades.
Rao accompanied by his wife Vinodha visited the bunker. He directed to get the bunker opened after he was informed by old-timers a few months ago about the presence of a tunnel inside the Raj Bhavan. Governor also expressed his intention to consult experts from various fields to preserve it.
The bunker opens with a 20-ft tall gate and a ramp on the western side. The staff of the Public Works Department at Raj Bhavan broke open a temporary wall that closed the entrance to the tunnel 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. The bunker opens with a 20-ft tall gate and a ramp on the western side. There are long passages and 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.
Even though the bunker was apparently closed after independence, it was found to be surprisingly intact. The entire underground bunker has a drainage system and inlets for fresh air and light, the official said.