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Another slice of heritage unearthed at UP’s Kothi Farhatbaksh

UPRNN is the construction agency engaged in the ongoing project aimed at beautifying and strengthening the Chhatar Manzil and Kothi Farhatbaksh

lucknow Updated: Dec 13, 2018 09:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
The plaque (encircled), bearing the name of Claude Martin, engraved on the wall at one of the arches, possibly could have been the main entrance of the building
The plaque (encircled), bearing the name of Claude Martin, engraved on the wall at one of the arches, possibly could have been the main entrance of the building(HT Photo)
         

The Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN) unearthed an engraved brick plaque bearing Major General Claude Martin’s name at Kothi Farhatbaksh during ongoing excavation work, officials said.

The plaque is perhaps the latest in a series of discoveries that the construction agency has made during ongoing excavation work at the adjoining Chhattar Manzil complex.

“The plaque, bearing the name of Claude Martin is engraved on the wall at one of the arches, (which) possibly could be the main entrance of the building,” said a UPRNN official.

UPRNN is the construction agency engaged in the ongoing project aimed at beautifying and strengthening the Chhatar Manzil and Kothi Farhatbaksh. Officials said labourers unearthed the plaque.

Officials, however, said it was yet to be ascertained whether the plaque was installed at the time of construction of the building or in later years.

Kothi Farhatbaksh was said to have been built by Major General Claude Martin in 1781.

PC Sarkar, a noted historian who has authored books on nawabi era structures, said recent excavation and restoration work of the Chhatar Manzil palace complex was throwing up startling facts on a daily basis.

Earlier, UPRNN had unearthed another storey of the historical Chhatar Manzil and Kothi Farhatbaksh.

The discovery was made at Chhatar Manzil’s Gomti-river-facing facade when the labourers began to dig the structure’s basement.

“Instead of the foundation, we discovered pillars going deep inside the ground. On further excavation, we noticed a complete storey that was lying buried,” SP Khandoori, project manager, UPRNN, had said.

Khandoori had said as they dug around 19.5 feet deep they found the hidden storey of the over 200-year-old structure.

City historians say the discovery of hidden heritage structures would further deepen the mysteries related to the twin structures.

The agency had also discovered two tunnels that were said to be possible gate way leading to the twin structures.

In May 2017, UPRNN had carried out a similar, but short, excavation exercise at Chhatar Manzil after which they discovered a 15 by 15 room lying buried beneath the imposing structures that constituted the seraglio (palace complex) for ‘begums’ of the nawabs of ‘Oudh’.

The entire excavation work is being carried out under the guidance of a high-powered committee comprising officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), State Archaeology Department and Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) and officials of the civil engineering department, IIT BHU.

First Published: Dec 13, 2018 09:20 IST

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