BY ROSHNI SUBBA for Explore Sikkim
In the year 1826 two British officers Campbell and Dr. Hooker came to Singalila area to search out the easiest excess to
In 1875, the original Town Hall was situated at the present Gymkhana club. The Hall used to open between 6 am to 6 pm in the evening. For a certain period of time the
Mr. Morjan, the municipal engineer designed this building (Capitol Hall) along with the advice of Mr. Crouch, the Government Architect. The building was designed in such a way that 600 people could be easily accommodated. Rai Sahib Kharga Bahadur Chettri got the contract to construct this building, since he was a first class contractor of those days.
After the competition of the construction, the hall was declared open on 27th May, 1921 by Lord Ronaldshay. The west and south part of the buildings has the offices of the municipality and the clock stand 100 feet high. During those days ordinary people were not in the state to afford their own clock. So this clock was of great help to them as they used to watch the clock and work according to its time. In this case we can say that the clock tower was one of the landmarks in the town. While talking about this clock tower we cannot forget late Kancha Baje, one of the most prominent and the only person who used to repair this clock, after his death the clock also started loosing its glory. But somehow the clock continued to give its time but not the perfect time. Slowly with the passing of moment people also stopped to pass on the clock tower. The most unfortunate day for the people of
With the tireless work of the Rotary Club, the clock stoke up again on the eve of our Independence Day in 2006. After renovation and repairing of the clock tower the old folks of the town started mesmerizing their bygone days. They recalled the days when they constantly use to refer the clock tower as they went about their daily life.
Mrs. Maya Rai, a 72 years old woman fondly recalls, “I always looked upon the clock tower, with stroke at every hour I used to know the time, since i did not had any knowledge about the watch but I was told about how would the day count on its strike”. Yes i am happy the revival of the clock is a momentous occasion for the people of
Rotary Club has taken another step in this year too. This year on 15th Aug. Rotary Club has set up a clock in the head Post office which is also a Heritage building of
This article was first published in Explore Sikkim published from Singtam, Sikkim)