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Updated: February 28, 2013 14:26 IST

Facelift for war memorial

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The historic clock tower in front of Gandhi Market. Photo:A.Muralitharan
The Hindu The historic clock tower in front of Gandhi Market. Photo:A.Muralitharan

The war memorial, raised in memory of 41 soldiers who died in World War I, at the Gandhi Market in the city, is set to get a facelift soon.

The memorial, with a clock tower, has been languishing without proper maintenance for several years now, much to the resentment of ex-service personnel and service organisations in the city.

The Corporation has decided demolish five of its shops around the memorial which pose a hindrance for people to pay their homage at the place.

The memorial would be given a facelift with decorative lighting and made a tourist attraction, considering its historic significance.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at an urgent meeting of the Corporation Council on Wednesday.

An official resolution on the subject pointed out that the memorial has not been maintained for the past 10 years.

The clock tower too has not been functioning. The Assistant Director of Ex-servicemen Welfare has sought the removal of encroachments and better amenities including fences and lights at the memorial.

There were 25 shops, all established by the Corporation, around the memorial and five of them were posing hindrance for those visiting the memorial.

The licences of the five shops are proposed to cancelled and the structures are to be pulled down now, although the shops were bringing in a revenue of about Rs.53,000 annually to the civic body. The shopkeepers will be provided three months time to vacate the premises.

Commissioner V.P.Thandapani rejected a demand from MDMK councillor Mustafa for providing alternative shops to the five shopkeepers.

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