rajabai clock tower

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About Rajabai Clock Tower

The Rajabai Clock Tower is a clock tower in South Mum India. It is located in the confines of the Fort campus of the University of Mumbai. The tower stands at a height of 85 m (280 ft).Restoration: Oct 2013 to 11May 2015Initiative: Anita Garware, Heritage Society,Dr Rajan Welukar; Vice Chancellor; University of Mumbai,N Chandrasekar, Tata Consultancy Services CEOHistoryThe Rajabai Clock Tower was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, an English architect. He modeled it on Big Ben in London.The foundation stone was laid on 1 March 1869 and construction was completed in November 1878. The total cost of construction came to 200,000, a princely sum in those days. This entire cost was defrayed by Premchand Roychand, a prosperous broker who founded the Bombay Stock Exchange on the condition that the tower be named after his mother Rajabai.Premchand Roychand's mother was blind and as a staunch follower of Jain religion she was supposed to consume her dinner before evening. The evening bell of the tower helped her to know the time without anyone's help.The tower was closed to the public after it became a frequent spot for those attempting to commit suicide.StructureThe tower was built in a fusion of Venetian and Gothic styles. It is built out of the locally available buff coloured Kurla stone. The tower has one of the best stained glass windows in the city.

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