Political, commercial posters taint city’s Clock Tower

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
18 Mar 2017

Slack conservation efforts of  heritage structures in the city continue to defile historical monuments of these islands. The Clock Tower at Aberdeen Aberdeen Bazar, often found covered with a medley of political and commercial posters and bills bears witness to the callous approach of the concerned department of the administration. An endeavour is required to preserve the city’s landmark structure, which is an attraction for visitors and islanders who treasure the heritage associated with the monument.
“These islands have a very precious heritage which has been passed on to the next generations since years. The Clock Tower at Aberdeen Bazar has a history associated with it. But it’s depressing to see the historic structure tainted with political and commercial posters. The old relic has also turned into a dumping ground and posters and bills can be seen discarded inside the compound of the monument. Though the administration ensures routine maintenance and renovation of the structure, a strict directive should be passed to all concerned to desist from fixing or pasting posters and bills on the historic monument or face penalty,” said some residents of Aberdeen Bazar.
The Clock Tower at Aberdeen Bazar was constructed in memory of the Victory 1914-1920 and the Glorious Dead including members of the Military Police Force namely Captain EB Fancett, former Assistant Commandant, Subedar Muzammal Khan, Naik Mangat Chand, Lance Naik Ali Sher and Sepoy Ferjee who fell in action.