City to get its biggest clock tower

The clock is named ‘Ambara Chumbana’ and is under construction at Jayanagar 3rd block near DCP (South) Office.

Published: 07th February 2012 10:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:51 PM   |  A+A-


Design of the proposed clock tower| EXPRESS PHOTO

BANGALORE: Time is never in our hands, but soon the commuters passing through South End Circle can get a glimpse of time at the new clock tower, that will be constructed shortly. The clock is named ‘Ambara Chumbana’ and is under construction at Jayanagar 3rd block near DCP (South) Office.

The project is one of the many initiatives by corporator N R Ramesh of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), ward no 167. Ramesh says, “We are building this project on a waste land. Earlier, the place was used as a dumping yard. It was even used as a urinal, by many. Initially we placed rocks to prevent the residents from disposing off waste here, but it didn’t work well with them. With the constrction of the 51 feet clock tower, this menace has disappeared already. Apart from that, the clock will be surrounded with greenery.”

The tower will be made of pure Hassan green granite. An amount of `45 lakh has been sanctioned for the project. Ramesh says, “The work on the project has begun already. The construction started in the beginning of this year, and is scheduled to be inaugurated on April 31.” The proposal for this project was sent in the mid of 2011, but the plan was implemented only in January. Ramesh says, “Any plan or idea must go through all opinions from different heads of various departments. We took some time to get the estimated amount sanctioned and this subsequently affected the start of the project also.” He adds, “As the project is being constructed on commercial area, it is going to be a monument in Karnataka. We have taken all kinds of measures for its timely completion and the fencing of the land has already been completed."

He also informed City Express that after the completion of the construction of the clock tower, the remaining place will be converted into a small park, with trees and benches for visitors.

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