The main historical monument, which is in state of neglect, is the city’s best-known century old landmark- the Clock Tower, popularly known as ‘Ghanta Ghar’.The Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, as it was known during the British Era in India, was inaugurated by Charles Montgomery along with Deewan Tek Chand, at that time lieutenant governor and Ludhiana DC of that time respectively.The structure, which has gradually emerged as the city’s emblem, was erected as a memorial to silver jubilee year of Queen Victoria’s reign at Britishers time. The original clock, installed when the tower was built by the British, had to be wound manually and was later replaced with an electronic clock a few years ago after the earlier one became worn out.But when one enter its premises one could not make out it is the place of the city’s landmark. It is surrounded by the Lottery people, encroachments, garbage dumps, broken structures inside clock. Now half of the clock tower has hidden behind the elevated road from the Jagroan Bridge to the Jalandhar By-pass No one is really bothered to maintain the landmark of Manchester of India. “What to talk of the other things in the city, where the authorities cannot maintain and create a good atmosphere for tourists at its landmark. It is in the shambles and surrounded by messy things. One can see people lying around the clock tower after getting drunkard around lottery sites. What more you can ask for, though it could be a great tourists place if a park is made around it and eating joints. But no one really cares to maintain heritage site,” rue a retired banker at Clock Tower, Vijay Kumar.The other people and students are also of the same view when asked about Clock Tower. Moreover they added that people keep spitting around the clock tower which should be strictly stopped atleast one should manage its heritage well for the future generations to know what its significance is for the Ludhiana. Already youth of the city dont know the importance of Clock Tower and its history much what the outsiders from the other cities would know about it. The tourism department is least bothered about its maintenance and making it a tourist place for the tourists as due to industry many people from various states visits the place. But all has put deaf ear to such issues as all talks ends at the non-availability of Funds.
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