A clock tower is expected to be erected in Tajik capital in March next year.

It will be erected on the site of the stele with the emblem of the of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic (Tajik SSR), which was demolished in December 2015. 

The tower will house a turret clock built in Turkey, an official source at Tajik parliament told Asia-Plus in an interview.

According to him, the construction of the Dushanbe clock tower will be completed in March next year.

Recall, the stele with the emblem of the Tajik SSR, designed by prominent Soviet sculptor Yelena Tatarinova, was erected in the center of Dushanbe in 1949 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Tajik SSR.  

A monumental column, which was one of Dushanbe’s last major symbols of Tajikistan’s Soviet past, was removed on December 12, 2015. 

The stele was reportedly torn down as part of the municipal redevelopment plan that includes the construction of modern buildings in the Tajik capital.

A 45-meter column with the national emblem of the Republic of Tajikistan was officially opened in Dushanbe in August 2011.