|Srirangapatna. Tipu Sultan's armory.Deccan Herald|
On 10 March 2017, the translocation work was successfully completed by South Western Railway through M/S PSL -Wolfe (JV) under supervision by Department of Archeology. The railways gave the job to the American company as India's technology with respect to shifting monument structures is inadequate. They moved the entire armory structure through the unified jacking system by employing jacks, iron rollers, iron poles and other items without damaging the heritage values of Tipu's armory. The crucial part in the early
stages is the careful excavation of the earth around the monument to make preparation for the diligent and delicate relocation of the 18th century structure. The destination of the 1000 plus ton structure is just a 100 meters away from the present location. The entire structure, including foundation was mounted on a hydraulic ram that moved 25 meters on the first day. Armory building is a single story load-bearing brick masonry structure with arch roofing and pyramidal shaped elevation that was built by Tipu between 1782 and 1799, to store mainly ammunition.
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|Tipu's armoury on the move. Mpositive.in|
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This amazing engineering feat of shifting a 228 year old monument to a safer location without any damage to the structure is first of its kind in India. The 12 meter wide and 12 meter high armory played a vital role during the Angelo -Mysore war and Tipu used this armory to use the ammunition against the British. The relocation work involved 70 workers and six from the US.