What it means for Landour to see its historic Ghantaghar return

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Before it was demolished, people in the hill station had been missing the sound of the clock bells for almost two decades. The clocks had not been working despite efforts to get them repaired (Credit: Jaskiran Chopra).

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Landour in Mussoorie is indeed lucky. Its most important landmark - Ghantaghar (Clock Tower) - is now being rebuilt after a gap of around seven years. It was missed not just by the locals, but also by the regular visitors to Mussoorie who were so used to watching the clock tower that stood in the heart of the town.

Work to rebuild Landourís Ghantaghar is now fast underway. The demolition though was an extremely sentimental cause for the old residents. The late Tom Alter, the famous actor who was an old resident of Landour, had mourned the demolition of the Clock Tower with a silent protest at the site in 2010.

For the past several years, the local residents and tourists had been talking about what would finally happen to the Clock Tower. The reconstruction began a few months ago and now the structure can be seen, wider and bigger than it used to be in its original avatar. For years, there was uncertainty regarding this in the hill station.

Before it was demolished, people in the hill station had been missing the sound of the clock bells for almost two decades. The clocks had not been working despite efforts to get them repaired. Several experiments were taken up then to somehow make the Clock Tower attractive. The Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) even placed tiles on its surface which proved to be quite a menace as these tiles began falling off and could have hurt people in the Landour Bazaar. They were later removed. At one time, it was even painted purple. And then, the base was done in yellow and maroon.

Earlier, the plan was to repair and restore the Ghantaghar, but when the work for that began, it was found that the building was very old and dilapidated from inside. It was then that the decision to demolish it was taken. The charitable homoeopathic dispensary running in the ground floor of the clock tower had vanished along with the Clock Tower and people missed that too.
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