HAVE YOU EVER WAITED FOR SOMEONE BELOVED BELOW THE ICONIC ‘BORO GHORI’ OF HOWRAH STATION?

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HAVE YOU EVER WAITED FOR SOMEONE BELOVED BELOW THE ICONIC ‘BORO GHORI’ OF HOWRAH STATION?
HAVE YOU EVER WAITED FOR SOMEONE BELOVED BELOW THE ICONIC ‘BORO GHORI’ OF HOWRAH STATION?
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HAVE YOU EVER WAITED FOR SOMEONE BELOVED BELOW THE ICONIC ‘BORO GHORI’ OF HOWRAH STATION?

Kolkata, May 04, 2023:

She has stood there for almost a century, like a grand witness to a gradual change from the colonial era to the present day, of a city that refuses to stand still. Howrah Station’s famous “Boro Ghori” turns 97 this year.

Tagore’s song “Kabe aami baahir holem tomari gaan geye – Se to aajke noy se aajke noy. Bhulegechhi kobe theke aachhi tomar chheye- Se to aajke noy” captured the depth of emotions and the different phases and faces of love as twin-faced “Boro Ghori” witnessed millions of such couples for decades with forgotten promises and looking down to newbie couples promising to stand by each other unconditionally even if the whole world falls apart. Below it, many friendships have been forged, while others have longingly waited for their loved ones — all under its endearing gaze. Yet, how many have paused to know about its story?

The Giant Clock inside the station building is much familiar with its locational uniqueness as a meeting point even in this era of geo synchronized position of the smartphone holders. One dial of the clock faces platforms 1 to 8 whereas the other faces platforms 9 to 15 of Howrah stations. The ‘‘Boro Ghori’’ inside Howrah station has a clock dial size of 4 ft., an 18-inch long hour hand, and a 24-inch long minute hand. It was manufactured by Gents Company, London, and was installed at Howrah by the famous clock merchant of Kolkata during the colonial period, the Late Deb Prosad Roy of M/s Roy Brothers Co., Kolkata.

The similar twin-faced Gents Company made Giant Clock with dial size 6 ft. mounted outside Howrah station at a prominent location with one dial facing Hooghly river while another facing Howrah bus stand.

Earlier these electromechanical clocks used to be run by a pulsar device which depends on counting radio pulses and could be remotely controlled from the control office to set the timings. Later on, its cable started developing problems and it was decided to place the pulsar device in the clock itself. The clock does not require any winding.

The “Big Ben of Howrah” has stood the test of time and has silently witnessed many faces from anxious to frowning, from angry to smiling – who have waited below it for almost 97 years and will continue to be.

Eastern Railway owns the pride of maintaining this heritage clock in such a way as to remain ever throbbing and displaying the time with precision.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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