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Visit Mumbai’s Raj Bhavan, get a peek into lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak

The Maharashtra government plans to open the bunker at the office-cum-residence of governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at Malabar Hill to visitors

mumbai Updated: May 08, 2017 10:40 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
The bunker, presumed to be a war room, was discovered by state officials on August 12 after demolishing a temporary wall blocking the entrance.
The bunker, presumed to be a war room, was discovered by state officials on August 12 after demolishing a temporary wall blocking the entrance.(HT FILE)
         

The British-era 13-room bunker found at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai last year is all set to become a tourist attraction.

The Maharashtra government plans to open the bunker at the office-cum-residence of governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at Malabar Hill to visitors. The 13 rooms in the 150-m long bunker, presumed to be used for storing arms and ammunition by the British, are likely to give visitors a glimpse into the lives of national leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Mahatma Phule and Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

The bunker was discovered on August 12, 2016, while demolishing a temporary wall blocking the entrance.

Read more: Insider’s guide to… Raj Bhavan

Rao discussed the plans with state tourism minister Jaykumar Rawal last week.

“We will develop the bunker to boost tourism. Each of the 13 rooms will be dedicated to various national leaders,” Rawal told HT, adding one of the rooms will be restored the way it was used by the British.

The tourism minister said they have got the report of a structural audit of the bunker and will make changes to the structure accordingly.

Read more: Officials to explore if Raj Bhavan has more hidden bunkers, tunnels

First Published: May 08, 2017 10:40 IST

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