The Times of India | Bosco Dominique | TNN | Jun 7, 2016 |
Villupuram: Haryana-based TDBD Engineering Works Private Limited entered the Limca Book of Records for moving a temple The 17-year-old Sri Muthumariamman Alayam temple, Hosur-Bengaluru Highway at Kallakuruchi in Villupuram district to a new location, 73ft away, to enable widening of a highway. The firm also rotated the 1,300sqft temple weighing 250 tonnes to make it face east. “The structure was moved inch by inch to the new site with the help of 300 screw jacks and 250 rollers. The team of 13 workers completed the task in over three months from November 18, 2014 to February 28, 2015. The team took 26 days just for rotating it,” said Limca Book of Records editor Vijaya Ghose in the certificate. The firm already holds the record in Limca Book of Records for successfully lifting a large house and shifting it in Coimbatore. The firm lifted the 30-foot-high three-storey building with the foundation and then shifted it to a new site 45ft away with the help of rollers and jacks. The house belonging to M Thangavelu of Saibaba Koil at Mettupalayam measure 2,400sqft weighed around 400 tonnes. The team took 75 days (including 22 days for actual shifting) from March 15 to May 31, 2013.
The firm’s managing director Sushil Sisodia said villagers of Thatchur at Kallakuruchi sought the firm’s help for relocating a temple after the National Highway Authority of India issued notice to the temple trustees directing them to demolish the temple for widening the Salem-Chennai highway. “The villagers learnt that we lifted and shifted a temple with its structure intact at Vellore district to a new location. They sought us not only to shift the temple to a new location but also rotate it so that the temple faces east. We readily accepted their request and accomplished the task within three months. They were happy as they did not have adequate funds for reconstruction of new temple,” Sisodia said. NHAI provided a compensation of 1.71 lakh for the temple trust for demolishing the temple on the highway. The firm removed a part of the foundation of the temple and placed the structure at the new site with newly-laid foundation. TDBD formed in 1999 has so far shifted more than 20 buildings, including five temples in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.- Courtesy / More http://www.tdbd.in/ http://www.houselifting.in/