British Era Bunker Discovered Below Raj Bhavan  

150-metre  bunker discovered below Mumbai Raj Bhavan - Sakshi Post

Mumbai: An underground bunker from the British era was discovered under Mumbai’s Raj Bhavan on Malabar Hill. The search for the bunker is reported to have been directed by the Governor Ch Vidyasagar himself, after he received inputs from certain old-timers recently.

On August 12, the staff of the Public Works Department at Raj Bhavan broke open the temporary wall that closed the entrance to the 150-metre bunker on the eastern side of the Governor’s residence.

The Governor visited the bunker along with his wife Vinodha on Wednesday and announced that experts from various fields would be consulted to preserve it.

The bunker, which is said to have been closed after independence, was surprisingly still found to be very intact even after decades of disuse.

The bunker which opens with a 20-ft tall gate and a ramp on the western side, is found have 13 rooms of various sizes and is spread over an area of over 5,000 square feet. Various rooms were marked with labels such as shell Store, Gun Shell, Cartridge Store, Shell Lift, Pump, Workshop etc .

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visited the bunker along with the Governor

The entire underground bunker is found to have a drainage system and inlets for fresh air and light, with many lamp recesses in the gangway. The bunker, which is said to have been closed after independence, was surprisingly still found to be very intact even after decades of disuse.

Called as the ‘Government House’ during the British rule, the Raj Bhavan served as a Summer Residence of the British Governors until 1885 when Lord Reay turned it into a permanent residence.



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