Shahgunj clock gets back its glory, starts ticking again after decades

Times of India | 1 week ago | 06-08-2022 | 08:40 am

Shahgunj clock gets back its glory, starts ticking again after decades

Aurangabad: The clock at the Shahgunj tower, a heritage structure dating back to the Nizam era, has started ticking once again after lying defunct for decades.The clock tower, which is a combination of Mughal and British architecture, was built between 1901 and 1906 by the sixth Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan, who ruled from 1869 to 1911.The heritage clock tower has been renovated under the Aurangabad smart city development corporation limited’s (ASCDCL) ambitious project of restoring the monuments and structures of historical and tourism significance.The issue of restoring the Nizam-era clock tower was first raised by Imtiaz Jaleel, while being an MLA in November 2018. The smart city took up the issue and got the work done by spending a sum of Rs 32.6 lakh.Newly appointed Aurangabad civic body chief Abhijit Choudhary said that the clock tower will be lit for three days starting from August 13 and the lighting will mark the beginning of Amrut Mahotsav, being organised by the government to commemorate the country’s 75 years of Independence.Those privy to the renovation and repairing of the clock tower maintained that the work was delayed by over six months as the smart city team struggled to find technicians for repairing the defunct clock and making it functional. “It was after much searching and exploring of contacts from amongst heritage structure experts, a Hyderabad-based company was roped in for the task,” said an official.A team was brought to Aurangabad and it replaced the existing mechanical functioning of the clock with an electronic-based functioning.Aurangabad is the only place in the country to house two world heritage sites - Ajanta and Ellora Caves, and due to the presence of a long list of historical monuments, it is referred to as the tourism capital of Maharashtra.Smart city’s project manager Sneha Bakshi said that apart from displaying time, the clock has a history of ringing alarm at fast timings during Ramadan. It also rings an alarm at 8.30 pm daily to mark the market closure timing.Bakshi said that as a part of the project, all the old glass panes have been replaced by lookalike new glass panes, the structure has been cleaned of all the wild grass, the cracks have been plastered and the tower has been painted.

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