Mumbai, June 13 -- Buried in the heart of the city's business district in Fort is a piece of history - a well, under the Horniman Circle garden, which catered to cotton and opium traders in the 1840s. Thanks to a restoration project, the trap door under the banyan tree came to light and the water is now being used for non-potable purposes.

The well, which is less than 400m from the present day Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), was built in 1841. Then, it was in the middle of the open air barter market for cotton and opium, the original Bombay Green or Cotton Green of Mumbai. Old photographs or portraits depicting the early 19th century show hundreds of traders sitting under a banyan tree around this well, urging passers-by to trade their cotton...