Delhi Assembly to throw open for public British-era tunnel, execution room
People will be allowed to visit these two places when the Delhi Assembly is not in session, Goel told PTI.He said the historical significance of the tunnel, discovered in 2016, is yet to be established but it is conjectured that it connects the Legislative Assembly to the Red Fort.We are not going to renovate the tunnel or dig it further as it will not be possible because lots of construction activities such as Metro Rail would have blocked its way.
''We will open the renovated British-era 'Fansi Ghar' (execution room) of revolutionaries and the tunnel for public by January 26 or latest by August 15, 2022. People will be allowed to visit these two places when the Delhi Assembly is not in session,'' Goel told PTI.
''We are not going to renovate the tunnel or dig it further as it will not be possible because lots of construction activities such as Metro Rail would have blocked its way. We will keep it as it is and allow the public to see it,'' Goel said.
The building was built in 1911. The Delhi Assembly was used as Central Legislative Assembly after the capital of the country was shifted to Delhi from Kolkata in 1912. Goel said that the building was emptied in 1926 as the Central Legislative Assembly was shifted to present day Lok Sabha building.
Later, this Delhi Assembly building was converted into a court by Britishers, he said. "The Delhi Assembly had been a soil and temple of revolutionaries. Those who were prisoned in the Red Fort used to be brought here through this tunnel and decisions were pronounced here. Revolutionaries who used to be given a death sentence were taken to the execution room located in the Delhi Assembly," he said.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said the execution room was shut so far. All this history was spread through word-of-mouth publicity and I came to know about this when I became the MLA in 1993, he said.
Goel also said that the historic Delhi Assembly will be developed into a tourist spot where people will also be able to see a 25-minute film depicting its history and that of freedom fighters and the city.
He said that these tourist attractions will be free for students, however, the tourism department will be free to fix ticket for other tourists.
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