- The tunnel connects the legislative assembly to the Red Fort, according to Delhi Legislative Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel.
- The British used the hidden tunnel to avoid retaliation while moving freedom fighters.
- The tunnel’s mouth has been found, but further excavation is not possible because all of the tunnel’s pathways have been damaged.
On Friday, a secret tunnel was unearthed at the Delhi Legislative Assembly.
The tunnel, according to Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, connects the legislative assembly to the Red Fort and was used by the British to avoid retribution when transferring freedom fighters.
The Legislative Assembly Speaker said, “When I became an MLA in 1993, there was rumour that there was a tunnel here that went all the way to Red Fort, and I tried to find out more about it. However, there was no clarity on the matter.”
He stated that there will be no further digging since the tunnel’s passage have been damaged by metro construction and sewer installations.
“We now have the tunnel mouth, but we are not excavating any further since all of the underground routes have been damaged because to metro construction and sewer installations,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Ram Niwas Goel, the speaker of Delhi’s assembly said that the government will restore the secret tunnel and make it available to the public as soon as possible.
He anticipated that the tunnel rehabilitation work would be finished by the 76th anniversary of the country’s independence.
“We plan to renovate it and make it open to the public as soon as possible. The restoration work is expected to be completed by August 15 of next year,” Speaker Goyal added.
“We were all aware of the presence of a gallows room here, but we never entered it. Now that we were in our 75th year of freedom, I decided to check that room. As a tribute to them, we want to transform that chamber into a shrine of freedom fighters,” he stated.
“This place has a very rich history in the context of the freedom struggle. We intend to renovate it in a way that tourists and visitors can get a reflection of our history,” he added.