The 25ft clock tower that was unveiled in Bistupur on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
New Delhi: 5.30pm
The clock tower at Triangular Park in Bistupur chimed in its three avatars once Tata Steel managing director T.V. Narendran unveiled the city’s second time column on Thursday.
The clock tower is a gift to citizens from Rotary Club of Jamshedpur and Tata Steel, and a ticking reminder of the nation’s victory against polio. India was certified polio-free by the World Health Organisation in February 2014 because no case was reported from anywhere in the country for the past three years.
The 25ft aluminium tower with steel casing has been constructed by a Chennai-based agency for Rs 4 lakh.
The dials are covered with acrylic glass and flaunt computer-cut vinyl lettering that will glow at night. The time will be set from ground using GPS technology. During power failures to the clocks will run for 24 hours on battery.
Of the tower’s three clocks, the largest is 3ft in diameter and tells the Indian Standard Time (IST). Each of the other two is 2ft in diameter. The reason for choosing Singapore and London time zones is that the former headquarters NatSteel, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel; while Tata Steel, Europe, has its headquarters in the UK capital.
Unveiling the clock tower, Tata Steel managing director Narendran said the landmark would not only remind people of the country’s victory over polio, it would also make people aware that precautions are better than cure.
Senior functionary of Rotary Club (Jamshedpur) Gian Taneja said there were two objectives behind setting up the triple time edifice
“On the one hand, the clock tower will celebrate our victory over polio, on the other hand, it will also act as a reminder. We must always immunise our children against the debilitating disease,” Taneja said, adding that the club had been contributing towards eradicating polio for the past 25 years.
Until three years ago, the city boasted another time landmark.
In April, 2005, Rotary Club, Jusco and Titan Industries had joined hands to build the centennial clock tower at Bistupur roundabout to commemorate 100 years of Tata Steel. The landmark was dismantled in 2011 after it developed a technical snag.