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Indian railway authorities moved the ancient heritage building 140 yards to make way for a track

The massive mega structure was moved using a complex network of beams and hydraulic jacks - making sure the building remained intact while it was being moved.

A typical single-storey masonry structure with arch roofing system, the heritage armoury was one of the ten structures built to store gunpowder and weapons by emperor Tipu Sultan.

A warrior king, Tipu Sultan ruled the kingdom of Mysore between 1782 and 1799.

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We had to make sure that no damage was caused

"The entire heritage building was shifted 140 yards away from its existing location without causing any damage to the protected property, " a railway ministry official said.

37 jacks were pressed into service to lift and move the armoury building. The jacks were connected with the unifying jacking system for simultaneous and synchronised operation to prevent any unequal lifting and damages to the structure.

The first-of-its kind move by the railways to translocate a heritage property in the country was undertaken successfully with the help of an American engineering company.

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An American engineering company worked with Indian authorities to move the armoury without damage

Ravichandra, deputy chief engineer of the railways said: "We could not alter the rail line as there were other monuments of archaeological importance falling in the way on the track. So moving this one was the best option.

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