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DMC to hand over Clock Tower work to state infrastructure body

The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) has failed to move ahead on the much-awaited beautification of the iconic Clock Tower located at the heart of Uttarakhand’s capital so far.

dehradun Updated: Feb 22, 2017 20:15 IST
Neha Pant
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The Clock Tower was inaugurated by the then Railway Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1953.(HT Photo)

Dehradun: The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) has failed to move ahead on the much-awaited beautification of the iconic Clock Tower located at the heart of Uttarakhand’s capital so far.

Mayor Vinod Chamoli said the DMC invited bids from private players thrice for carrying out the beautification of the best known landmark of Dehradun, but did not get any response for the same. Shedding light on the reasons for no response, Chamoli said, “The Clock Tower which is over 63 years old, first requires reinforcement of its foundation before its beautification can be carried out. Perhaps that’s the reason the (private) companies are shying away from taking up the project.”

The DMC has now decided to delegate the project to Uttarakhand State Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (USIDCL), a government of Uttarakhand undertaking which is the main construction agency of the state. “The USIDCL also has a panel of experts on board which will be able to look into all technical aspects of the project. We have thus asked the officials to undertake on-site inspection (of Clock Tower) and submit their report on it soon,” Chamoli told HT.

In October, 2016, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led DMC had announced to expedite the makeover of the iconic Clock, apparently with an eye on the assembly polls. City mayor himself went on to contest the polls on Dharampur assembly seat, but no breakthrough could be achieved in the Clock Tower project.

Beautification work of Clock Tower has continuously been deferred over the past decade, owing to lack of funds and due to weakening of its foundation due to a peepal tree on its premises. The construction work of the Clock Tower had started in 1948 in the memory of an eminent resident of Dehradun, Lala Balbir Singh. It was later inaugurated by the then Railway Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1953.