A BRITISH REPORT ON ATTOCK TUNNEL
WHO GAVE THEM THE IDEA?
Mystery of Attock Fort
The Gazetteer and official records talk about the efforts of making the tunnel:
“In 1856, the Indian Government commenced the construction of a tunnel under the Indus at Attock, but the work has never been completed, as it has been decided eventually, upon the completion of the Punjab State Railway, to construct a bridge over the river.”
But the British themselves contradict this information.
“Ross, writing in 1883, refers to the tunnel and mentions that it was in fact completed in 1862 by the 32nd Sappers, known as the Mazbis, but was subsequently abandoned, ‘owing to the difficulty of keeping it clear of water’.”
Ross, D, The land of the five rivers and Sindh. London, 1883.
The idea that the Attock Fort tunnel was constructed by the Mughals first, still persists, and needs fresh research.
5 thoughts on “A BRITISH REPORT ON ATTOCK TUNNEL – WHO GAVE THEM THE IDEA?”
At least some should be bothered
D. Ross’s actual words are: “There is a tunnel under the Indus at Attock, constructed chiefly by the 32nd Sappers, the Mazbis. It was finished in 1862. Owing to the difficulty in keeping it clear of water, it has never been of practical utility.”
That mean it exists to this day and such tunnels were always constructed when the river was literally down into sand, at some times of the year. No big issue when there is no flood. Really no hogwash, as some would like us to believe!
Yes their are 2 tunnels the one under attock fort is used to train ssg commandos where they are left for 2 weeks in darkness to come out. attock fort is now a hvt prison of PAk army its also used if the enemy blows up the 3 bridges so trucks can pass through the tunnel but in normal days it has 3 to 4 ft of water in it. Which is a simulator to train commandos
Very pleased to know this. Thanks!
There are anti Pakistani writers who mock our local abilities.