Mayor’s New Year gift: Clock tower starts working again
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Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has gifted the city what none of the other mayors gifted on New Year ever. The hands of the historical clock tower, also called Ghanta Ghar, at Chaura bazaar started working again on the New Year eve. The mayor personally visited the site on Monday afternoon and got the clock repaired.
"The clock tower had not been working for the past so many years. It was repaired a few months back by someone else but again it stopped working. Today I rectified all the technical faults, and the clock is working again. Some newspapers reported that pigeons live in it and thus hamper its working but it is not so. There were some serious faults which have been repaired, and now it is my guarantee that for at least one year this landmark clock will not stop working," said Devinder Sharma, from Sharma Watch Company, who repaired the clock tower.
The mayor is very happy with the development. "Earlier, the city used to listen to the loud musical bells which used to ring every hour in this clock tower. They have not been working for the past so many years, and this company has been directed to get the bells repaired as well."
Sharma said, "We are sure that we will be able to repair the bells very soon as directed by the mayor." Built in 1906, the clock tower has seen the changing skyline of the city. It was inaugurated on October 18, 1906, by the then Lt Governor of Punjab Sir Charles Montgomery and the then DC of Ludhiana, Deewan Tek Chand. Few people know that the clock tower was constructed as a memorial to the silver jubilee of Queen Victoria's regime.