Tunnel found in outskirts of temple city

Bhubaneswar: The discovery of a tunnel-like structure caught the imagination of people after residents of Sishupalgarh here in the outskirts of the city on Tuesday accidentally discovered a tunnel which created much enthusiasm among them.

People stumbled upon a 7-feet deep tunnel at Jhamu Padia after they went to bail out a cow which fell into the gorge.

The villagers made a beeline to the site to have a sight of the possible tunnel. As soon as the news spread, people from adjoining areas also descended to witness the scene.

However, no official from the Archeological Survey of India or government department has reached the site for inspection.

The villagers opine that if the area would be excavated then more details could be unearthed.

As the place assumes historical significance, the villagers believe the gorge to be the opening of a tunnel which might have been used by the erstwhile rulers.

It may be noted here that the archeologists have found many precious articles during excavation here throwing light on the glorious history of Kalinga.

In September last year, workers of a limestone mining company had also discovered a tunnel at Biramitrapur in Sundergarh district. The tunnel at Kuarmunda tahasil was about 200 meter long.