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Clock Towers Being Revived As Part of City Beautification
There are clock towers in other parts of the city, though some of them are less famous than the Secunderabad clock tower.
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Guru Prasad
Hyderabad
Thu Jan 20 2022
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The clock tower in Secunderabad is a monument and a point for describing the directions in our twin city. Similarly, there are clock towers in other parts of the city, though some of them are less famous than the Secunderabad clock tower. Some decades ago, when the clock towers were in good condition, one would hear the chime at every hour of the day. However, like many things old, they too needed some repair, and many stopped working. Given the state government’s commitment to beautify and refresh the city, the clock towers are being revived at many places.


In short, they are being winded to their past glory. There was a time when people solely relied on clock towers to keep check of the time. However, with technological advancements and smartphones hitting the market, not many bother to look at these beautiful pieces of history. Today, the situation is such that some clock towers are on the brink of becoming obsolete.


However, that does not bother the likes of Laxman Chugani, who has been in the business of maintaining the clocks for years. He is known to be the only man in Hyderabad to have the precision to repair Swiss watches, and it was only last year that he brought back the famous Secunderabad clock tower to life.


He says he spends most of his time working on big clocks these days. It’s thrilling and a challenge to repair the big ones, says Chugani. Incidentally, Chugani and his family also run the Ramesh Swiss Watch Company which has a wide variety of watches and services.


Another of his recent works includes the revival of the clock on the tower in Hanumakonda. Today, it has become quite popular with the locals, with many visiting the Collectorate to simply listen to the chime. The 77-yr-old shares that the big clocks don’t need to be maintained once they are fixed. The hourly chimes can be heard up to 2km.


Chugani has also fixed clocks at MJ Market, James Street, Nizamabad, Samalakota, Monda Market, and Indalvai in Nizamabad.


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