Clock Tower in LudhianaThe best icon of Ludhiana city - Clock Tower, more commonly known as the Ghanta Ghar, is almost a century ago. The Victoria Memorial Clock Tower of Ludhiana was inaugurated on October 18, 1906 by the then Lieutenant Governor of the state of Punjab, Sir Charles Montogomery along with the then Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, Deewan Tek Chand. The leaders of the state had chosen the most appropriate location for the Clock Tower keeping in view the propinquity of the railway station and other important business centers.
The primary landmark of the city, Clock Tower, has also come up to be the representative emblem of the city. The tower had been established as a tribute to the 25th year of the regime of Queen Victoria. Although Giani Zail Singh, once being the Chief Minister of Punjab, had renamed it to Bhagwan Mahavir Clock Tower.
The leading people of the city had contributed their level best for the establishment of the Clock Tower in 1906. At that point in time, it had been set up along with Chaura Bazaar, in the center of the city, with tehsil office and courts in the surrounding area. Even today, the Clock Tower is mulled over to be the epicenter of Ludhiana city.
When the tower was set up by the Britishers, the original watch had to be manually wound. However, almost about 12 years ago, it was replaced with an electronic watch after the manual one had worn out.
Although there are a couple of clock towers in some other cities of Punjab state as well, Ludhiana city has been specifically known as the city of Ghanta Ghar. The Amritsar’s clock tower had fell down a long time back. In older times, people used o be totally dependent on these sort of Ghanta Ghars to keep track of time. The people used to tally their watches with the time in the Ghanta Ghar clock which could be easily seen even if a person is a few miles away. However, with the high rise buildings and the increasing pollution in the cities, this visibility has become considerable low.
Although the city’s Clock Tower is being upheld by the Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana, yet unfortunately, in lieu of pitiable maintenance, the tower has begun to show marks of decrepitude with noticeable cracks from its inner side. The Clock Tower must be given proper attention immediately, lest we should lose an important artifact of the history of Ludhiana city.