Thursday, 20 June 2019

Secunderabad Clock Tower, Telengana - a colonial structure

Secunderabad Clock Tower panoramio.com
Secunderabad Clock Tower hindi.nativeplanet.com
Secunderabad Clock Tower is a  historical clock tower  in the suburb of Hyderabad, India. Located in Secunderabad  it was built  in 1860 on a plot of 10 acres  of land and the purpose was to help the people know the time of the day. It was inaugurated on the first of  February 1897 in this princely state. Many parts of India were then  under the direct administration of the British Crown Government, London. 

Based on a firman issued by Nizam Sikandar Jah, the city of Secunderabad was  named after him in 1806. The then colonial government stationed British officers there on official duty for the Nizam  and was pleased with their work. To honour the progress made by them  at Secunderabad Cantonment in Hyderabad, the erstwhile British government established a plot consisting of 10 acres (4.0 ha) of land for this purpose in 1860. To make the 2.5 acres of park attractive, a 120-ft high clock tower was built  in 1896. British Resident Sir Trevor John Chichele Plowden  inaugurated the clock tower. Thanks to Dewan Bahadur Seth Lachmi Narayan Ramgopal, a businessman. who  donated the clock.
Secunderabad_Clock_Toweren.wikipedia.org
This historical clock tower was about to to be pulled down in 2003 to ease the  expanding vehicular traffic. With the interference of heritage lovers, the then Andhra govt. took steps to repair and restore it. In 2006 restoration was carried out in such a way, the size of the park was reduced to allot more space for  widening the road. The cost of renovation was around  ₹10 million (US$140,000). The park was landscaped with lawns and hedges, and a waterfall. Late CM of Andhra state  Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy inaugurated the renovated park and tower in 2006. 
Yet another attraction is a  martyr's memorial inside the park in memory of the first police firing in 1969 during a separate Telangana agitation.,The clock tower was declared a heritage structure in the twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad and efforts are afoot to seek UNESCO Heritage status for Hyderabad. It became a logo in  2006,  when the 200-year celebrations of the formation of Secunderabad were organised by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secunderabad_Clock_Tower