400 Year Old Tunnel Recovered Stable in Royal Fort of Lahore

400 Year Old Tunnel Recovered Stable in Royal Fort of Lahore

Posted on Mar 19, 2021

During restoration work at the Royal Fort in Lahore, a 400-year-old tunnel was discovered. 

Despite being buried for centuries in the heart of the city, the tunnel still exists. The tunnel is well lit and ventilated, and the niche was designed to illuminate the lamp. Experts believe the tunnel served as a drainage system and a secret passage. The Royal Fort of Lahore is a significant Mughal monument. There is a secret basement and a network of corridors and tunnels beneath the fort's existing buildings.

The tunnel's walls are firmly in place, buried in the heart of Lahore. The renovation and renovation work of the Moti Masjid and the school had started some time ago, according to Hafiz Imran, a sub-engineer with the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) who was working on the project. The tunnel marks were discovered. 

"Further excavations and research have revealed that this is a 400-year-old drainage system. The 625-foot-long tunnel has been restored in the first phase, but more work will be done in the second phase. He went on to say that the tunnel runs through various parts of the royal fort. There are many tunnels along the tunnel when we enter it. Light and air are also distributed at various distances.

The tunnel was wide enough for us to easily pass through. During the rainy season, the water collected in the fort was collected in tunnels, according to the WCLA sub-engineer, causing damage to various parts of the fort, including the Moti Masjid, Maktab Khana, Haveli Mai Jindan, and the museum building. The 625-foot-long tunnel was initially repaired and cleaned to allow drainage, and rainwater flowed from it.

The maintenance of the tunnel and drain, which had been closed for 400 years, was a difficult task, according to experts. "In developed countries, modern machinery and equipment were used for such tasks," he continued, "but we did it the old-fashioned way." "During the excavation, snakes and scorpions were also discovered. We're relieved that the tunnel is operational.

According to archaeologists, the tunnel served as a drainage system. The tunnel, however, is quite large and has niches inside for holding the lamp, indicating that it may have been used as a secret passage. The Walled City of Lahore Authority discovered ammunition, the royal kitchen, Jahangir-era baths, basements, and corridors under the Black Bridge after digging in various parts of the royal fort.

The fort had seven layers, according to experts, indicating that it had been demolished and rebuilt seven times. Many specimens will be recovered from below if excavations begin in any part of the fort.

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