The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) is all set to replace the old clocks of the six-sided Clock Tower with modern digital clocks. Municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said that the work will be completed in a couple of days. It is important to mention here that a Chennai based company is providing the digital clocks and the process of assembling it has already been completed.
Municipal commissioner Pandey said, “The work was on hold because of the electricity connection that Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) had to provide. Now that the power supply has been facilitated and the digital clocks have been assembled, only the installation process is remaining which will get completed in a couple of days.”
When asked about how the machinery of old clocks will be preserved, he said that proper planning in that matter is yet to be done, but MCD will keep the old clock. According to the sources from Bridge Ropeway Tunnel and other Infrastructure Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited ( BRIDCUL), the digital clocks have cost about Rs nine lakh and the payment is still due. The old clocks have been removed from the tower and new digital clocks will be installed soon. The clock at every hour will give the sound of a bell, just like in the earlier times. The clocks also will have a battery backup of nearly three to four hours in case the electricity supply is temporarily disrupted. They are also have GPS technology so that if by any chance they switch off the clocks will be able to resume on the standard time automatically.
One of the most familiar landmarks in Dehradun, the Clock Tower was originally called the Balbir Clock Tower after a prominent judge of Dehradun. The foundation stone for the Clock Tower was laid on July 24, 1948 by the then Governor of Uttar Pradesh Sarojini Naidu and in October 1953, it was inaugurated by the then Union Railway Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. At that time, the construction of the Clock Tower had cost about Rs 50,000. From the time of its inauguration in 1953, the routine maintenance of the Clock Tower has been undertaken by the urban local body. Since its inauguration in 1953 till about 1970 the ULB undertook regular maintenance of the Clock Tower as a result of which all its clocks worked properly and its bell also used to ring regularly. The chime of the bell of the Clock Tower was a regular sound in town till 1970 after which the condition of the clocks of the tower deteriorated and the bell stopped ringing.