|Mahboob Chowk clock tower, Hyderabad. fourtowers.blogspot.in|
|The Mahboob Chowk clock tower. Deccan Chronicle|
The clock tower, a part of Mahboob Chowk, Hyderabad is a fine freestanding fine architectural structure. Across it is the Moti Mahal, once the palace of the Nizams that is over a hundred year old.
The Mahboob Chowk is a historic city square with a 5 storey structure close to Charminar and Lad Bazaar. Constructed in 1892 by Asman Jah, the Prime Minister of Hyderabad, the Turkish-styled clock tower was surrounded by elevated gardens when the rulers were enjoying power and pelf. The clock had four sides and could be viewed from any direction. In those days wearing a watch was a luxury, far beyond the reach of people from the lower strata of the society. Common man had to use public clock tower to find the time. Hence, this clock tower was a gift from the ruler for the benefits of common people who could go about with their daily activities, keeping track of time.
Unfortunately, today the 135 plus year old clock is in bad shape on account of negligence on the part of city authorities. Though it lies in neglect, its old charm is not yet lost but will be losing it soon unless serious action is taken to restore this great monument back to its old glory and elegance