After a prolong delay in the shifting of the 228-year-old armoury belonging to the erstwhile king of Mysore Tipu Sultan, the works on its relocation began on Monday with the expert engineers moving the monuments 20 metres towards its new location on day one. The structure is being moved 100 metres from its original position.
The complete relocation of the 900-tonne structure, however, would take three more days and is expected to complete by Thursday. The structure is being moved 20 metres daily as to ensure no damage to the monument.
The project, taken up by the Railways at a cost of Rs13.5 crore, is to pave the way for the pending rail track of 1.5 km in Srirangapatna which is a part of railway track doubling between Mysuru and Bengaluru.
Five iron beams brought from Jabalpur, 11 cross beams, nine roll beams, 37 jacks, 12 push rams and an imported unified jacking machine are being used to relocate the structure by rolling it.
According to the experts on the field, it would take two months to separate the structure from the iron poles and rollers and place it on the ground. A cemented platform has been laid to place the historical structure on it.
The monument, before moving to its permanent location, would be moved to a temporary location in the way where the direction of the armoury changed, said Ravichandran, Deputy Chief Engineer, South Western Railways, Mysuru Division. Once the armoury is translocated, the track doubling work would begin, he added.
The Wolfe House Movers, a US company specialising in relocating buildings, along with PSL, a New Delhi-based company has taken up the translocation work.
The translocation of 900-tonne armoury, one of the eight built by Tipu Sultan, is a first-of-its-kind in India involving 70 workers including six foreigners. Though the technology to move monuments intact is a century-old in the United States, it for the first time that the same is being used in India. The much-talked about armoury was built with shallow bricks, lime and stone mortar, using a processed mixture of eggs with shells, jaggery, and soap nut. The monument has three arches inside and a pyramid-like structure attached to the roof.