The long delayed project of the beautification of Dehradun’s Clock Tower has been handed over to Bridge Ropeway & Infrastructure Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited (BRIDCUL). Earlier, the renovation was postponed due to lack of technical expertise for strengthening the foundation.
Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC), which had invited tenders for the project has finally handed over the renovation to BRIDCUL. The project will start once Election Commission’s model code of conduct ceases.
Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA), along with Public Works Department (PWD) and Dehradun Nagar Nigam has been assigned to supervise the strengthening of the project.
Located at the heart of state’s capital, Clock Tower also called Ghanta Ghar is a prominent landmark of Dehradun. The tower has six clocks, and the unique hexagonal architecture adds to its heritage value. The former name of the tower was Birbal Tower.
Its foundation stone was laid on July 24, 1948 by the then Governor of UP, Sarojini Naidu. The monument was build to commemorate India’s independence.
The tower has been neglected by authorities for several reasons and pretexts since long and is in a dilapidated state now. The renovation for the same has been finally taken by after almost six decades.
Elaborating on the renovation plan, city mayor Vinod Chamoli said, the DMC invited bids from private companies thrice for carrying out the project, however got no response for the same.
Shedding light on the reasons for no response, Chamoli said, “The Clock Tower which is over 63 years old, first requires reinforcement of its foundation before its beautification can be carried out. Perhaps that’s the reason the (private) companies are shying away from taking up the project.”
“Since the poll code is in place, we cannot float a tender, and hence, we have decided to handover the project to BRIDCUL, which is a government body, and thus, no bidding is required for handing over the project. The strengthening of the foundation will cost approximately Rs 50 lakh and is expected to be completed in six months. The beautification will begin after that.” He added.