A.H. Vishwanath, MP, has expressed concern over the delay in issuing no-objection certificate (NOC) to shift the 18th century armoury at Srirangapatna, which in turn was delaying the completion of the railway track doubling work between Bangalore and Mysore.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, he urged the authorities to expedite the process for timely completion of the project, which had been a long-pending demand of the people of south Karnataka.

Taking note of the report appearing in The Hindu on the subject, Mr. Vishwanath wrote to the Union Minister of Culture on the immediately issue of NOC.

The MP also wrote to the Director, Archaeological Survey of India; Joint Secretary, National Monuments Authority; and Director, Institute of Archaeology, in this connection.

Drawing attention to the fact that the State government had cleared the shifting of the armoury, Mr. Vishwanath regretted that the National Monument Authority was yet to give its final approval to take up the railway project.

The timely completion of the project hinges to a large extent on the shifting as the alignment of the proposed second track bisects the armoury lying parallel to the existing first track.

Though the Railway authorities have been told by the ASI to consider realigning the track, the former had ruled out the possibility of doing that at this juncture as two major bridges across the Cauvery, and just about 500 meters on either side of the armoury, were nearing completion and a new alignment was impractical.

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