DIBRUGARH, July 21 � A 45-foot-tall clock tower, erected at the Chowkidinghee traffic intersection here was inaugurated by Revenue Minister Prithibi Majhi on Sunday evening.
The inaugural function was attended by ADC PK Rajkhowa, Superintendent of Police Rana Bhuyan, former Dean of Rajiv Gandhi University, Shristidhar Dutta, former municipal board chairman Dr Kamini Ranjan Baruah, muncipal board chairman Chandrakanta Baruah and senior citizens and businessmen, among others.
Majhi said the clock tower had further increased the beauty of the expanding tea city. �Cleanliness, beauty and greenery are some of the rudiments that make a city tourist friendly. Economy of the State grows when there is a flow of tourists both from outside and from within,� he said.
Chandrakanta Baruah said that the clock tower is one of the symbols of a developed city. �This tower, which would serve as a �time monument� in the city would radiate the message that the denizens are living in a developed city,� Baruah said.
Shristidhar Dutta, while sharing his views about the city said Dibrugarh is witnessing some cosmetic changes lately. He wanted Dibrugarh to be a better kept and cleaner city with proper drainage and garbage disposal.
The clock tower, built at a cost of more than Rs 20 lakh was jointly supervised by executive engineer, PWD (Building), executive engineer PWD (Roads), Dibrugarh divisions and the technical branch of the Dibrugarh Municipal Board. The cost of the construction was met by Oil India Limited, Duliajan with a donation of Rs 7 lakh, while Rs 8 lakh was received from the offices of the deputy commissioner and Dibrugarh Municipal Board.
Rajen Lohia, Prabhu Daya Beriwal, Shew Kumar Bagaria, Atmaram Beriwal, Ajit Bajaj and Vijay Khemani were the other donors. It must be mentioned here that the idea to have a clock tower in the city was first conceived by local social activist Nabajyoti Borkakoty.