City Anchor: Rare,82-year clock to tick again after a 5-decade lull

A rare 82-year made-in-India clock found in the PMC building is all set to spring back to life after 50 years.

Written by Ajay Khape | Published: June 21, 2012 1:10:52 am

A rare 82-year made-in-India clock found in the PMC building is all set to spring back to life after 50 years. The clock has been made functional and will be re-installed in the office of municipal chief on Thursday.

“The clock was found in the cabin of the municipal chief in 2008. It was quite old and was non-operational. I decided to retrace its history and make it operational,” said Dnyaneshwar Molak,joint municipal commissioner.

The previous chief,who retired 26 years ago,informed him that the clock kept in the PMC building had been non-functional 25 years prior to his taking charge. The clock seems to have belonged to the then city engineer department in Vishrambaug Wada as per the writing on it.

When the civic body approached a watch company to make the clock operational,they were told it runs on power supply and was very old. “The company expressed their inability to make it operational as it was unaware of the technology that it works on,” Molak said.

Following this,an advertisement was published in newspapers appealing to those aware of the technology to come forward and repair it. Around 35 persons responded to the advertisement and it came to light that a Mumbai-based company,owned by Kashinath Ganesh Naravane had manufactured the clock. It was discovered that the clock was made by Maruti Dattatraya Joshi alias Swami Vishwakarmanand of Belur Math who was a electrical engineer. Molak said Joshi’s grandson told him that a similar kind of clock is in London and is in working condition. “Also,a similar clock was found in Haridwar,” Molak said.

In fact,a little more probing revealed its historical value as it was discovered that its manufacturing was probably related to the swadeshi movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi. “During the pre-independence era when Mahatma Gandhi gave the slogan of Swadeshi around 30 such clocks were manufactured by the company. This rare clock is likely to have its connection to the swadeshi movement,” he said,adding the clock,‘Ramkrishna Parmahansa’,was manufactured in 1930 and the company that made it had shut down in 1950.

On learning about the rare clock,Sahakarnagar resident Dinesh Deshpande decided to incur the cost of repairing the clock. He will be handing over the clock to municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak on Thursday.

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