Monday, March 13, 2017

By Express News Service | Published: 12th March 2017 


The armoury is 20-km from Mysuru, towards Bengaluru, and comes two stops before Srirangapatna Railway Station. | Express Photo Service


NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways has successfully translocated Tipu Sultan's heritage structure pyramid-shaped armoury in Srirangapatanam to a new address to make way for laying a Railways has successfully railway track in Mysore.

This is for the first time that the Railways undertook a major exercise to translocate a heritage property for an expansion project of the railway lines.

The exercise was carried out with the help of experts to shift the entire building to a nearby location, according to Railway Ministry officials.

Built during Tipu Sultan's reign (1782-1799), the structure came in the way of proposed alignment of double track between Bengaluru and Mysore, the officials said.

The heritage asset was shifted 40 metres away from its existing location safely and the exercise took about a month, the officials said.

US experts were also roped in for which it cost the Railways an estimated of Rs 13 crore.

The alignment of the track was withheld for the last four years due to the structure’s placement coming in the way of the doubling between Mysore and Bangalore.

As many as 37 jacks were deployed to complete the exercise.

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