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Facelift for war memorial in Tiruchi

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The clock tower was raised in memory of 41 soldiers who died in World War I

Steeped in HistoryThe historic clock tower in front of the Gandhi Market behind which the Corporation plans at commercial complex and parking lot.Photo:M_Moorthy
Steeped in HistoryThe historic clock tower in front of the Gandhi Market behind which the Corporation plans at commercial complex and parking lot.Photo:M_Moorthy

The war memorial at the Gandhi Market in the city, raised in memory of 41 soldiers who died in World War I, 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-servicemen and service organisations in the city.

Demolitions in line

The Corporation has decided to demolish five of its shops around the memorial which are blocking access to it. The memorial will be given a facelift with decorative lighting and made a tourist attraction, considering its historic significance.

The decision was taken 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.

Fences to be installed

The Assistant Director of Ex-servicemen’s Welfare has sought the removal of encroachments and better amenities including fences and lights at the memorial.

Facelift but at a cost

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.

Grace time

The shopkeepers will be provided three months time to vacate the premises, the Corporation said.


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