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Clock tower gift for city

Jamshedpur, April 5: The 'Tree of Life' has finally grown and branched out at the Bistupur traffic island.

Set up by Titan Timescapes, the steel city got its first clock tower as a gift from Rotary International district 3250 on its centennial year.

'Tree of Life ' Timescape' was unveiled today in the presence of representatives from the Titan industries and Rotarians.

Estimated to have cost about Rs 5 to 7 lakh, the 'Tree of Life' is made of mild steel, has four clocks placed on branches adorned with transparent leaves in acrylic and polycarbonate.

Ronald D'Costa, governor, Rotary International district 3250 said the plan was to give the city a monumental structure that could become a landmark.

'We had a Rotary wheel and sign post at this place long time back and we wanted to offer a similar feel to the city through the clock tower. And Titan, through Timescapes, has given the city a very modern touch,' he said.

Manoj Chakravarthi, general manager of corporate affairs, Titan Industries Limited, said this was the third city where Timescapes had been set up. 'Jamshedpur is the only global compact city in the country and Timescapes has made its contribution to give the steel city a very modern touch,' said Chakravarthi adding that the positive response to its first two maiden ventures of Titan and Tanishq was an added incentive towards the setting up of the clock tower.

The 'Tree of Life' was inaugurated by Chakravarthi and D'Costa.

Abhijit Bansod, designer, Timescapes, said, 'All Timescapes have been designed to suit the environment of the city and gel with the basic fabric of life. Since Tata Steel has stressed on greenery, we decided to model the clock tower on the lines of a tree.'

The tree with 22 leaves was fitted with four clocks facing four directions. Bhansod said the colours of the clock tower were kept very subtle so that the flow of traffic was not disturbed. The clock tower has been designed to keep it safe from the weather conditions in the city.

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