A mysterious tunnel has been discovered at the Delhi Legislative Assembly on Friday. According to Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, the tunnel connects the legislative assembly to Red Fort and was used by the British to avoid reprisal while moving freedom fighters.
“When I became an MLA in 1993, there was hearsay about a tunnel present here that goes till Red Fort and I tried to search for its history. But there was no clarity over it. Now we have got the mouth of the tunnel but we are not digging it further as all the paths of the tunnel have been destroyed due to metro projects and sewer installations,” Delhi Legislative Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said. Goel further informed that the Delhi Legislative Assembly was used as Central Legislative Assembly after shifting of capital from Kolkata to Delhi in 1912, was turned into a court in 1926 and British used this tunnel to bring freedom fighters to the court. He said there won’t be any further digging as the paths of the tunnel have been destroyed due to metro projects and sewer installations.
The assembly speaker added that in view of the history of the Delhi Legislative Assembly associated with the independence of the country, he intends to open the gallows room for the tourists by the next independence day and the work for the same has already started. “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 said.