With an aim to conserve the underground war bunker which was discovered inside Raj Bhavan on August 12, an expert committee will be formed to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan for the structure. The expertise of Indian Institute of Technology and Central Water and Power Research Station will also be availed for this purpose, according to Raj Bhavan.
“The committee will get the structural audit carried out and also prepare a comprehensive conservation plan,” said a press release issued by Raj Bhavan. The chief engineer of the public works department will coordinate with other experts in the committee.
Governor Vidyasagar Rao had said that a high-powered committee meeting would be held on Thursday to discuss matters relating to conservation of the bunker and other security aspects related to it. According to sources, there is speculation that one of the gates of the bunker might open up into the Governor’s residence. The meeting, which took place on Thursday, was attended by Commissioner of Mumbai Police Dattatrey Padsalgikar, Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya director Dr Sabyasachi Mukherjee, J J School of Architecture principal Rajiv Mishra, Archaeological Survey of India regional director (west) and competent authority of Maharashtra Dr N Nambhirajan and CSO of Western Naval Command Commodore Sunil Balkrishnan, amongst others.
Rao had earlier said that the bunker was discovered when they broke down a wall behind a closed door, which they thought led to a tunnel, due to security reasons and it was still unclear whether there was another floor in the existing structure.