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Popularly known as the Ghanta Ghar, the Clock tower was built in Ludhiana to emphasize the British rule in India and as a memorial to mark the silver jubilee of Queen Victoria’s leadership. It was designed to dominate over Darbar Sahib. It is over 100 years old and is one of landmarks of the city which become an emblem of Ludhiana.

The tower was designed by the then municipal chief engineer of Amritsar, John Gordon and construction began in year 1862. It is completely designed in the traditional European Gothic style and constructed with red bricks.

The clock tower is erected in the centre of the city which is still the hub of activities.

The Clock Tower of Ludhiana

Even though the construction began in 1862, it was officially inaugurated in the year 1906 by Sir Charles Montgomery, the then Lt. Governor of Punjab along with Diwan Tek Chand, the then deputy commissioner of Ludhiana. During the British era, an original clock was installed which was to be wound manually and due its wear and tear it was later replaced by an electronic clock.

As it is located at the centre of Ludhiana, it has become the hub of all activities with its proximity to the Chura Bazar. It is not only the centre of commercial activities but also political activities as many political parties stage dharanas and demonstrations around the tower.

There are many clock towers in Punjab, but the Ghanta Ghar of Ludhiana is still the most renowned one. Even today, the residents of the city use Ghanta Ghar to keep track of the time.

Today, the clock tower is looked after by the Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana. Due to the lack of proper maintenance, it is in a dilapidated condition.

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