The work on shifting the 18th century armoury belonging to Tipu Sultan period at Srirangapattana has begun.
The translocation is being done to facilitate track-doubling work between Mysuru and Bengaluru, which had hampered the work on track doubling, earlier.
The shifting of the historic structure would help the Railways to complete the long-pending 13-km single-line track into a double line as part of Bengaluru-Mysuru track-doubling project. The Railways is spending Rs 13.5 crore for the entire work and is scheduled to complete the work by September 30.
As part of the translocation operation, marking and digging work has begun and as the next process, trenches will be dug to insert the jacks. Srirangapattana Police are providing security and the entire area has been barricaded to prevent public entry.
The work was pending for since five years and the work contract has been awarded to US-based PSL-Wolfe Private Limited. Massive containers carrying several hydraulic jacks, railings and other equipment have already arrived from the US. While some of the equipment has already been unloaded, the others are inside the heavy containers at the site.
The monument will be shifted to a new site with technical support from the National Design and Research Forum, and the consent/supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India and the National Monuments Authority.
The Department of State Archaeology, Heritage and Museums had identified a new place about 100 metres away from the existing location for the monument.