Workers involved in excavating earth at the City Market underground metro site were in for a surprise on Thursday morning when they discovered a cannon and a solitary cannonball, believed to be from the 18th Century Tipu-British era. The construction site falls between Tipu Sultan’s summer palace and the Bangalore Fort.
The iron cannon, 12 feet long, is estimated to be weigh between 1.5 tonnes to 2 tonnes. The cannonball is made of stone. They were found at a depth of around 4 metres from the ground in front of Victoria Hospital in Kalasipalya. The station work is part of the Namma Metro North-South corridor, being implemented by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.