Mangaluru: Two years after completion, clock tower in city awaits inauguration


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jan 15: The construction of the new clock tower of the city at Hampankatta was undertaken and completed over two years back. However, it has not so far been inaugurated.

The smart city has decided to create a mini traffic island near the tower. Therefore, it is expected that the opening of the clock tower has to wait for the completion of the traffic island before it can be inaugurated.

Traffic jam has been a routine occurrence at Hampankatta. A road from the clock tower leads to A B Shetty Circle while another road from the direction of Lady Goschen Hospital passes through it. As the area has a central market, Wenlock Hospital, Lady Goschen Hospital, mini Vidhana Soudha and other offices and concerns, vehicular density is high in this area. As one-way traffic is enforced here, it has now been decided to create a small scale island between the town hall and clock tower to enable the vehicles to take a turn in an organized manner.

The clock tower which was completed two years back, has clocks on all the four sides. Platform has also been built around the tower and lighting has been arranged to make it look attractive at night. Still, the people's representatives seem to be reluctant to inaugurate the tower. As development works have again been undertaken at this spot, the inaugural is expected to be delayed further.

In addition, the clock tower has been a mosquito-breeding spot with filthy water. Also, the photo of a man bathing in the water went viral last year.

A clock tower had been built several years back to show time. In 1994, it was demolished as it was felt to be an impediment for the smooth traffic. After the then mayor, Kavitha Sanil, insisted on the construction of a new clock tower at the same spot, work started in 2018 and continued under the Smart City project.

Now-a-days, traffic islands are preferred to circles as they are felt to be more efficient in streamlining the movement of vehicles. Even though generally these islands are made beautiful with greenery, smart poles, street lights etc, the one at the clock tower is expected to be a mini island.

Arunprabha, Smart City general manager, said that the inaugural will happen once the traffic island and other works are completed.

 

 

 

  

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  • Sandy, Udupi

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    some many photos of the fountain thodu around clock tower? Special thodu? Meenu unda!! :-)

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  • J.F.D Souza., Attavar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    That shows how prompt we are. Our road works, road widening works etc in some places dragged on to 3 to 4 years even more to complete the project.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Yeth ooliye pett adhu uppu ..all vjpee MLA and MP might gave got minimum 15% of the total loot..Ganara duddu.. Bjpee MLA Mp ya jathre..yardo duddu yellammna jathre, 😂😆

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    New arrival 'Jeniffer Kudla ' (sure ?) there is a saying ' slow and steady winns the race, how many years Pumpwell fly over took to complete ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Narerndra Modi does only Inaugurations ...

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  • Sunil Kumar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Paisa Sab Sab politicians and engineers ka jeb main gaya... ab kyu inauguration

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    as long as indian citizens do not shun corruption & a bill dat says da corruption giver & a corruption taket both r not punished by law, corruption will remain from bottom 2 top 4 ever. 1st citizens must shun corruption.

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  • Af,,,, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Ha ha ha we have seen pumpwell flyover inaguration and jolly walk bhakths and the the who built the bridge in 10 years time.

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  • Dam, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    It was inaugurated last year by a man bathing in the water.... :-)

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  • Vicky Raj, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    It is nothing but waste of public money..

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  • Ramesh, Udupi

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Its more looks like mosquito breeding site rather then a clock tower.

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  • Prem Moras, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    My work place is 50 meters away from this clock towers. This is beautifully designed and at night with lightings and fountain it looks superb.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    you are glorifying the structure and not seeing the corruption that has gone beyond it...so much money is wasted plus it will last max 10 years..you know the commission the contractors have to give

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Actually there is absolutely no need for any inauguration of clock tower as long as it is completed and is functioning. It doesn’t add any additional value by cutting a ribbon and spending again for the ceremony. I also want to mention that the original clock tower was much more elegant and beautiful as the current design is very poor with a wide, unwanted structure in the middle.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Congratulations to MCC and MLA! In addition, the clock tower has been a mosquito-breeding spot with filthy water. Also, the photo of a man bathing in the water went viral last year. Double congratulations to lethargic ruling machinery!!

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Why worry about somebody taking bath in the clock tower sump. Around 100 years back we used to have wells at the center of town which people used for drinking and taking bath. This may be a SMART City way of helping daily wagers who stay around Town Hall and Central market area

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  • bala, Kudla

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Karate mayors doom-dream and waste of tax payers money. Estimate and bill of this will shock every body. Cong and BJAYPEE both hunted and shared together.

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Is this clock shows different time as per different religion?.Or as per political party Or Rich and poor.If this shows same time for everybody here in mangalore means we should unite and stay in peace. Love one another and enjoy our few days of life

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  • Babu Shenoy, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    It will be inaugurated by Bommai before the Assembly elections in 2023 or by Modi in 2024 just before the Parliamentary election. What is the earthly hurry now? Until then look at your watch or your mobile phone.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    WHY inauguration culture ??? ......tax payers money......use it for good.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    corporation as well as all bjp corporators r corrupt 30% gobernment

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  • Jennifer, Kudla

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Yellara hatra mobile alli time & kai yalli watch iruwaaga, idu enthakke 2 koti rupai du yojane ondhu circle ge? ella brashtachaara

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  • Edward Shet, India

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Call us for inauguration we are there anytime; that our tax money. About mini island that will become mosquito breading den after inauguration. Any way funds are required constantly and therefore construction must continue till pockets are full and thereafter maintenance contract for the mini island continue.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    most corrupted city administration in whole of Karnataka...every dept not only municipality...all govt depts functioning in this city of spineless people who only get worked up on love jihad, conversion and beef politics...Jai ho...

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  • vincent, konchady Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    We all are excited about smart city

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Just because it is a tower does not mean it can't be a traffic island if such is more efficient.

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Maybe PM Modi will come to inaugrate before elections?

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