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MUMBAI: Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), recently announced the restoration of the iconic Rajabai Clock Tower and Library building in coordination with Indian Heritage Society, Mumbai. The Rajabai Clock Tower is located in Fort campus of the University of Mumbai. Modeled on the lines of London’s “Big Ben”, the tower stands at a height of 85 m (280 ft.). The foundation stone was laid on March 1, 1869 and the construction was completed in November 1878. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, an English architect, it reflects the Gothic and Venetian style of architecture. The occasion was marked by the release of a coffee table book showcasing the immense beauty and heritage of this legacy defining structure. Present on the occasion were N. Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD, TCS, Dr. Rajan M Welukar, Vice Chancellor, Mumbai University and Anita Garware, Chairperson, Indian Heritage Society.

Speaking on the occasion, N Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD, TCS said “The restoration of the iconic Mumbai landmark – the Rajabai Tower is a matter of great pride for all of us at Tata Consultancy Services. It has been a privilege for us to play a part in the effort to restore it to its original grandeur and glory and extend our support to this initiative.”

He further added, “Alongside restoration, another objective was to convert the conventional library into a digital-led, technology-enabled learning of excellence which continues to house a collection of rare books. We thank the University of Mumbai for this opportunity and are extremely proud of the efforts by all stakeholders in restoring this Mumbai landmark to its rightful glory.”

The architectural restoration was undertaken by Somaya and Kalpana Consultants. It involved structural services (stoning, restoring woodwork, water – proofing, electrical work and fire alarms) interior works along with ensuring the longevity of the building for future generations. One of the enormous challenges of this project was to implement sensitive restoration and repair work of the clock tower, with the clock functioning and working at a height of 870m (approximately 29 floors). This was carried on successfully via specialist workers and restorers. The end result is a phenomenal building reinstated to its magnificence.