Five wooden pillars excavated during construction work at Kangla
After the foot of the ancient bridge was found recently, the chief minister had inspected the site on February 6 along with some cabinet ministers and officials.
After the foot of an ancient bridge was recently discovered during the construction of Kangla eastern gate, five wooden pillars believed to be a part of the bridge were excavated on Tuesday.
The construction work is being carried out by Manipur Police housing under MAHUD department.
The ongoing construction work started in December last year and it was initiated to preserve and protect the ancestral palace of Manipur.
Samples of the ancient foot of the bridge have been sent to California, USA for carbon dating to find out when the bridge was constructed. There are three carbon testing laboratories in India but as the laboratories take a long time in testing, the sample has been sent to California.
After the foot of the ancient bridge was found recently, the chief minister had inspected the site on February 6 along with some cabinet ministers and officials. During the inspection, he had expressed that the state government took the initiatives to preserve the ancestral structure of Kangla. At present, there are three gates but following the local traditions and beliefs, the construction of the Kangla eastern gate was initiated, CM said.