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Ludhiana: Clock tower will be bright by night


Ludhiana: The 114-year-old Victoria Memorial Clock Tower is all set to get a facelift. In a meeting to review Smart City projects held at Bachat Bhawan, here, on Tuesday, it was revealed that its month-long renovation work will start in February. Even as the monument’s structure will not be changed, it will be illuminated with architectural lights that will enhance its aesthetics.

Smart City officials have handed over the work to a contractor, who will refurbish its surroundings, too.

In the meeting, Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu asked the officials about the project that has been hanging fire for the past one year. The officials said they were yet to settle land issue with Zila Parishad as the project required beautification of the clock tower’s surrounding as well. “The land does not belong to the municipal corporation, but to the Zila Parishad. We have now divided the project into two parts: lighting up the tower and makeover of its surroundings. We will take up the latter part with the Zila Parishad later,” said an official.

Ludhiana Smart City Limited chief executive officer Sanyam Aggarwal said, “The contractor has been finalized. The work will start at the site by February 15. The project will be completed by March-end.”

Residents have welcomed the move.

Kunal Sharma, a resident of Daresi, said, “The clock tower gives city its identity. It, therefore, should be preserved for the coming generations. Efforts should be made to spruce up other structures, too, that are an integral part of the city.”

Mukta Sharma, a resident of Model Town, said, “The clock tower is an important landmark of the city that has remained neglected for long. It is good that it is being lit up, but more measures are required to conserve it in its entirety.”

The Victoria Memorial Clock Tower was inaugurated by then Lieutenant Governor of Punjab Sir Charles Montgomery along with then Ludhiana deputy commissioner Deewan Tek Chand on October 18, 1906. The structure has largely remained neglected over the years.

Under-bridges, flyovers next

The Smart City officials also plan to light up key under-bridges and flyovers of the industrial town. Ludhiana Smart City Limited chief executive officer Sanyam Aggarwal said, “We are getting proposals from companies that are keen to beautify the flyovers and the under-bridges. We are reviewing those proposals. Jagraon bridge and Sidhwan Canal flyover will be considered in the first phase.”





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