Third tunnel-shaped structure unearthed at Lucknow’s Chhatar Manzil
Officials engaged in the excavation work at Lucknow’s Chattar Manzil said the structure was around 1m wide and so far, about 8 metres of length had been excavated. A few conjectured that it could be a drain.Updated: May 12, 2019 13:23 IST
The Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN) — the construction agency for the ongoing restoration project at the Chhatar Manzil — unearthed another tunnel-shaped structure believed to connect the monument to river Gomti, on Saturday. This is the third such structure to be unearthed at Chhatar Manzil over the past seven months.
The first two tunnels — leading from Gomti to Chhatar Manzil and Kothi Farhatbaksh — were dug up in November 2018. Some historians had said the tunnels could be waterways. However, both officials and historians are still to draw any concrete conclusions about this third tunnel-shaped structure.
Officials engaged in the excavation work said the structure was around 1m wide and so far, about 8 metres of length had been excavated. A few conjectured that it could be a drain.
Officials said that labourers engaged in excavation work stumbled upon the structure and on clearing mud, found it to be made of ‘lakhauri’ (thin burnt clay) bricks.
“It was found at a depth of around 20 metres,” said director state museum AK Singh, who also hold the additional charge of director the UP State Archaeological Department (UPSAD).
Officials said that only after the excavation was complete, would they be able to offer any comments regarding the length and the function of the structure. “The discovery will reveal yet another chapter from the history of the twin structures of Chhatar Manzil and Kothi Farhatbaksh,” said Singh.
The excavation at the monuments is being carried out under the strict supervision of a high-powered committee comprising officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), the UPSAD and the civil engineering department of the IIT BHU.
A few days ago, a gondola had been unearthed at the Chhatar Manzil. UPSAD officials had said they could not rule out the possibility that it was a royal boat.