Mysuru missing the deadlines when it comes to the translocation of 228-year-old armoury belonging to the erstwhile king of Mysore Tipu Sultan is not new. Many deadlines have been missed and March 3 is no exception.
Keeping in tune with the legacy, the translocation of the monument which the Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha claimed before media would definitely begin on March 3, has been put off to March 7.
While the MP was not available for comments, it is learnt from his office that March 7 has been set as the new deadline. However, it is yet not clear that there wouldn’t be any deadlines after March 7 and the translocation process would begin on the said date.
The translocation of armoury, taken up at a cost of Rs 13.5 crore, would pave the way for the long-pending 1.5-km stretch of railway track doubling at Srirangapatna. While the most of 136-km track doubling between Mysuru and Bengaluru is completed, the armoury was impeding the works as it is in the way and the Department of Heritage, Archaeology and Museum was in no mood to lose it.
The translocation of 900-tonne armoury, one of the eight built by Tipu, 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 US, 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.