Sherief Tower clock ticks again after a five-year gap

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The chimes prompted one of the residents of Pune Camp to recount the well-known verse by John Donne, “….therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

PUNE: The Sherief Tower Clock, an iconic landmark symbolising uniquely historical and picturesque landscape of Pune Cantonment, has once again started ticking after a five-year break.

Located opposite the Southern Command Headquarters and the National War Memorial, the clock tower was conceptualised and constructed under the supervision of the then Head Quarter Poona Sub Area by the Bombay Engineer Group with the assistance of the Fifth Battalion, the Maratha Light Infantry, and 3rd Battalion, The Jat Regiment. It was inaugurated by Brigadier MK Sheriff, President Poona Cantonment Board, on August 15, 1956.

Over its long existence, it has stood as a mute spectator to the evolution and growth of the premium military establishments located in Camp Pune.

Long-term residents would reminisce about the clock and its distinct chimes reassuring the citizenry that all was well with the military establishment being ever vigilant.

Over the years, however, the clock malfunctioned and the chimes went silent. Given the vintage of the clock and its complex mechanism, all efforts to revive the same could not succeed, until now. In keeping with the well-established culture of maintenance and restoration of monuments by the military, HQ DMSA in conjunction with Pune Cantonment Board decided to restore the clock to its pristine glory yet again. 

Tracking down one of the few remaining clock repair mechanics, Anand Joshi, based in Pune, the clock has been repaired and the chimes now resonate once again. The chimes prompted one of the residents of Pune Camp to recount the well-known verse by John Donne, “….therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

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