Chennai:  The clock tower of Madras University, which is in a dilapidated condition for years, is all set to get a facelift. The Tamil Nadu government has sanctioned Rs 5 crore for the renovation of the clock tower. 

According to reports, within a month, the Public Works Department (PWD) is likely to start work on the clock tower. 

Vice-chancellor of the university P Duraisamy said that the structure of the clock tower is over 100 years old and it needs the expertise to ensure proper repair and renovation work. He also added that it would not take less than seven months for the renovation.  

Meanwhile, the heritage wing of PWD will be carrying out a project which will specialise in the restoration of heritage buildings. Initially, the roof of the entire structure will be repaired and refurbished as it leaks when it rains. 

According to reports, the senate building of the university was repaired in 2006-2007 and since then the proposal was made to carry out repair work of the clock tower.  Like the senate building, the clock tower is also a landmark for Chennai, said Duraisamy.