Spot inspection held for shifting Tipu's armoury

Relocating monument will facilitate doubling work of Mysore-Bangalore rly line

Good news for the track doubling project of the Mysore-Bangalore railway line.

A team of experts conducted a spot inspection with regard to shifting Tipu Sultan’s armoury, coming in the way of the doubling project, to a place 50 metres away. The shifting project is estimated to cost Rs 24 crore.

The inspection was conducted using a GP radar machine by a team of experts headed by Dr G Satyanarayana. A report on shifting the monument, said to be weighing 1,000 tonnes, using iron rods will be submitted to the Railways.

The inspection is being carried out to know what lies at a depth of 25 feet at the spot where the armoury is likely to be shifted to. It will also ascertain whether the spot is suitable for relocating the monument.

The expert team is mulling over two methods to shift the monument safely - pushing it forward with the help of iron rods or dismantling the structure layer by layer from the top and reconstructing it at the designated spot.

The first option is likely to be preferred to the second one. The first method is a modern one and involves digging an 18-foot deep canal and pushing the armoury forward with the help of iron rods.

“The project will a first-of-its-kind effort in the country,” said senior engineer S A Reddy. “Our team will submit the report at the earliest. Officials of the Railways and the archaeology department will decide when the exercise starts,” Reddy said.

Jayagopal, Managing Director of Struct Geotech Research Laboratory Private Limited, Sunil Sonnad and Vasudeva Rao of the National Design Research Forum and others are part of the team of experts.

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