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Hoshiarpur’s big clock starts ticking after 81 years

The chime did not peal for decades but no effort was made by the municipal authorities to set it right.

punjab Updated: Oct 04, 2017 13:21 IST
Harpreet Kaur
The Hoshiarpur clock tower was built in 1936.
The Hoshiarpur clock tower was built in 1936. (HT Photo)

One of the iconic landmarks of the city , the clock tower, built under British rule in 1936, escaped the attention of its custodians and conservators all these years. The chime did not peal for decades but no effort was made by the municipal authorities to set it right. At last, a non government organisation and a businessman came forward to restore the glory of British era structure. On Monday, when the clock finally hit a note, it was music to the ears of the city residents.

Under the restoration, two new amplifiers, fixed metal staircase and tube lights have been placed.

Rotary Eye Bank and Corneal Transplant Society along with Sonalika International Tractors Limited has restored the clock tower at a cost of Rs 8 lakh. Sonalika International Tractors vice-chairman Amrit Sagar Mittal inaugurated the structure in the presence of municipal councillors and citizens on Monday.

Under the restoration, two new amplifiers, fixed metal staircase and tube lights have been placed. Municipal Council will pay the electricity bill for the building. “The hands of the clock can bear weight up to 13 kilogram and withstand windstorms and heavy rains. The time will be automatically corrected once every day,” said Rotary Eye Bank president J B Behl. He appealed to the shopkeepers and vendors to not defecate or stack their wares against the walls of clock tower .

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