Secret Tunnel Found From Delhi Assembly

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • March 26, 2016, 8:08 AM


There are few things more aromatic of mystery and adventure than a secret tunnel.


The hidden passage was discovered recently beneath the colonial building that used houses the Delhi legislative assembly.


Peel back a flap of the green carpet and you find a hatch. The tunnel was rediscovered by the speaker of the assembly, Ram Niwas Goel. He says he heard rumours of its existence from staff.


He believes it served a ghoulish purpose when in 1926 the parliament was moved to new buildings in central Delhi, and the building became a courtroom. He says it was used to ferry prisoners from the Red Fort where the British used to hold political prisoners.


It passes through a series of brick walls. The floor is spotted with rubble and slopes gently downwards towards the well of the assembly chamber. It is perhaps 25ft (7.5m) long and ends abruptly with a wall.



Ram Niwas Goel  said "This is a very important part of the independence struggle of Indians fighting against British rule. I will preserve the tunnel so it can be visited by Indians from time to time."


Historian William Dalrymple says Delhi is full of legends of underground passages.


Some historical mysteries are never solved.


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