Uttar Pradesh’s archeological department has come up with the thought of opening up the newly found area of Chhatar Manzil and Kothi Farhat Baksh, the twin structures, for tourists once excavation is complete. These buildings situated in State’s capital, Lucknow, are mesmerizing in their own way. One of the consultancy agencies for the Chhatar Manzil conservation and restoration project, IIT BHU has also given the green signal for the same.
Experts from the structural engineering division of IIT BHU’s civil engineering department said the restoration of the newly excavated story, which was lying buried under the current structures, would be planned so as to facilitate the movement of tourists. “Visitors will be able to get a glimpse of the ‘buried’ past of the city,” said a member of the special team.
Sandeep Singh, project manager, Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN), the construction agency for Chhatar Manzil restoration project, said, “Call it a storey or basement — that is still to be confirmed — but opening it for public will certainly attract many curious tourists desirous to know more about the city’s past.”
The Chhatar Manzil of Lucknow is a mysterious building for the part excavated, was earlier expected to be the basement, has now come up with the possibility of another storey or storeys beneath. So far, around 255 feet have been dug up. This includes a 15×15 room, and various brackets, walls, and pillars… all going deep into the ground.
As the excavation progressed, they were left awestruck. Instead of unearthing the expected foundation, they found pillars going deep into the ground. Similarly, they also unearthed a storey underneath the Kothi Farhat Baksh.
Kothi Darshan Vilas, Gulistan-e-Eram and Kothi Roshan-ud-Daula, and the Residency also had a high potential of becoming ‘basement tourism’ destinations for they carry the age-old history of the land of Awadh.