During the maintenance work on the Shahi Qila in Lahore, authorities uncovered a 400-year-old tunnel that has remained standing even after being abandoned for centuries. The ancient tunnel lies beneath various parts of the fort and is spacious enough to easily walkthrough. It’s well-ventilated, well-lit, and has lamp places. It was once thought to be a hidden drain passage, according to experts.
Shahi Qila is a significant Mughal monument with hidden cellars and a web of highways and tunnels. Hafiz Umran, the CEO of the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA), said that traces of the tunnel were discovered during the restoration and rehabilitation of Moti Masjid and Maktab Khana.
Further excavations and research uncovered that this is a 400-year-old drain system. The 625-foot-long tunnel has been recovered initially, with more progress to be made in the next phase. Together with the main tunnel, there are several smaller tunnels. Lighting and air supply are also placed differently, he added.
He explained that rainwater that had accrued in the ancient structure during the rainy season had ruined various parts of it, including Moti Masjid, Maktab Khana, Haveli Mai Jindan, and the museum. As a result, the WCLA team had to initially repair and clean the 625-foot-long tunnel in order for rainwater to drain properly.
WCLA officials confirmed that during the excavation work, they found ammunition, a royal kitchen, baths from Emperor Jahangir’s period, cellars beneath the Black Bridge, and pathways and that they are hoping that more artifacts will be uncovered if excavations are begun in any part of the fort.