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1000-ton, over 200-year old armory of Tipu Sultan relocated “as is”

It’s for a reason that buildings are classified as ‘immovable property’, but technology has again proved that change is the only constant. In a joint effort by a New Delhi based engineering company and a US based company named Wolfe, an 18th century armory of Tipu Sultan has been entirely lifted from its base and is being shifted to a new location that is around 130 meters away from its original position. The project involves high-tech engineering and state-of-the-art tools and systems. The structure is around 225 years old and weighs nearly 1000 tons. According to the spokesperson of the US Company Wolfe, the entire exercise will be completed by Friday.

The shifting of the structure became necessary, as a new rail line was to be added to the existing rail link between Bengaluru and Mysuru. Speaking on the development, Deputy Chief Engineer of the railway’s Mysuru division Ravichandra said, “The proposed (rail track) doubling work exactly passes over the armory. We could not alter the line as there were other monuments that belonged to the Archaeological Survey of India.” The additional rail link will help reduce travel time between Bengaluru and Mysuru.

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