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Coimbatore’s Iconic Town Hall Clock Tower attracts onlookers with a Brand New Look

Coimbatore’s Iconic Town Hall Clock Tower attracts onlookers with a Brand New Look

Housing and urban development minister S Muthusamy inaugurated the renovated Clock Tower at the intersection of Big Bazaar Street and Raja Street in the city on Thursday in the presence of collector Kranti Kumar Pati, mayor Kalpana Anandakumar and corporation commissioner M Prathap.

The minister said efforts were on to finalize the masterplan for Coimbatore city at the earliest and a dedicated committee was formed for the same. Talking to media, he said chief minister M K Stalin was likely to visit Coimbatore to take stock of the progress of ongoing projects. “The date will be finalized soon. The chief minister is regularly reviewing progress of work in each department. He is also visiting districts to review projects. Such visits are doing wonders, as projects are put on fast-track. He has announced new projects whenever he visited Coimbatore.”

Talking about the Clock Tower, Muthusamy said it was the third oldest structure in Coimbatore city. “It was installed in 1877. The efforts taken to renovate the structure is appreciable. The lighting provided to the revamped structure is attractive. The structure is not only an identity of the city, but also a standing example of how old structures should be preserved.”

The minister appreciated the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (Credai), Coimbatore, for coming forward to restore the Clock Tower. The corporation commissioner said the tower was an important identity for the people of the city. “Credai took up the project without any hesitation when we approached, and they took meticulous effort at every stage of renovating the structure.”

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The district collector said both the Clock Tower and Victoria Hall were renovated.

“A city’s identity lies in its history. And these structures stand testimony to that history. They should be passed on to the next generation to view and appreciate them.” Another official said the Clock Tower was renovated at a cost of Rs50 lakh. “Earlier, people couldn’t go near the structure, as there was an enclosure. Now, people can go close to it and click selfies.”

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