The translocation of Tipu Sultan’s Armoury at Srirangapatna to pave way for the double-tracking work of the Mysuru-Bengaluru railway line has been postponed to Mar. 7. The process was supposed to begin this morning.
Architects, ground engineers and monument-shifting experts have already lifted the 1000-tonne armoury up by one foot and have placed the structure on a series of iron piers for support. According to the engineers supervising the works, the shifting operation has been put off to Mar. 7 as they have to complete more works that are critical for the shifting process.
The contract of translocation has been awarded to PSL-Wolfe Private Limited and New Delhi-based PSL Engineering, a joint venture company and the Railways is spending Rs. 13.5 crore to shift the historical structure.
Once the shifting is over, all trains will run faster by three to five minutes, reducing the travel time to Bengaluru by 20 minutes.
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