Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Ram Niwas Goel has said that the tunnel between the assembly and the Red Fort will be renovated and open to the public by August 15 of next year.
By Vaishali Pandey/The Newster
On Friday, authorities from the Delhi Legislative Assembly found a tunnel-like construction between UT’s Vidhan Sabha and the Red Fort.
While little is known about the secret route, it is being claimed that the tunnel was “used by Britishers to avoid reprisal while moving freedom fighters,” according to Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel. Officials have agreed to open the tunnel to the public on August 15th of next year.
He further said, “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.”
No Further Digging In Tunnel
Goel also stated that there will be no further digging since the tunnel’s routes have been damaged by metro construction and sewer installations.
He added, “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.”
As A Tribute, The Tunnel Will Be Transformed Into A Shrine For Freedom Fighters
According to Goyal, once the capital was moved from Kolkata to Delhi in 1912, the Delhi Assembly was utilised as a central assembly before being transformed into a court in 1926 and used by the British to ferry freedom fighters.
He said, “We all knew about the presence of a gallows room here but never opened it. Now it was the 75th year of independence and I decided to inspect that room. We intend to change that room into a shrine of freedom fighters as a tribute to them.”
Tunnel Will Be Opened For Tourists From August 15, Next Year
The Delhi assembly speaker stated that, in honour of the country’s independence struggle, he plans to establish a tourist hanging room before the next Independence Day, and work on that has already begun. It will open to the public by next August 15 of next year.
He said, “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.“