The beautiful and bustling city of Vasco Da Gama lies surrounded by the blue Arabian sea. Vasco Da Gama was the name given to this heritage city by the Portuguese rulers. The city is famous for its naval defense, shipyards, Mormugao port and the wealthy traders. After 450 years of Portuguese rule in Goa we have been given many Portuguese monuments which remind us about the bygone era. One such beautiful historic monument lies in Vasco city and is called the “Vasco Clock Tower”. The tower was built in 1938 in the heart of the city and we Goans should be proud of it as this is the only clock tower in Goa. But unfortunately the clock tower lies in a very pathetic and dilapidated condition. According to locals this clock tower was the only way of knowing time in the golden era as this was the only structure from where people could see the time no matter how far they were as the tower had clock dials on all 4 sides. Below the tower lies the market area of Vasco where traders have been running businesses successfully for many years.
On December 19, 2014, the young and dynamic stalwards of History Lovers group, to commemorate Liberation day of Goa, took an initiative to head out and clean the Mormugao fort. We also paid respect to the forgotten Goan freedom struggle hero Karnail Singh who was a martyr in the Goan freedom struggle. After seeing the Vasco clock tower in a sad condition the History Lovers group took up the initiative for the restoration of the tower. Tejas Pandit and Rohan Bandekar, the young and enthusiastic members of the group with the aid of electronic media highlighted the need to restore the tower taking the municipal authorities and traders from the market into confidence. Noted historian and social activist Prajal Sakhardande had started the campaign for restoration of the tower 14 years ago.
Krishna Salkar, the councillor for Vasco applauded the History Lovers group for the restoration drive. Members of the group along with Yogesh Nagvenkar, Prajal Sakhardande, Tejas Pandit, Krishna Salkar and the conservation architect Ketak Nachnolkar had a brief meeting with Jaganath Bhingi, the chief officer of Vasco Municipal Corporation. The brief restoration and conservation ideas were put forward to Bhingi who assured the gathering of his full support in the restoartion. However due to paucity of funds he said they could not help in that area and suggested we take help from external sources. When the traders in the market area were spoken with, they gave their full support to save the pride of Vasco.
History Lovers group along with Krishna Salkar and Jaganath Bhingi is all set to restore the Vasco Clock Tower and give it place of pride as it had during the Portuguese era.