The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to abort construction plan of a flood control room on the premises of the “Sanskar Kendra” constructed by world renowned Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, a pioneer of modern architecture, in 1951, giving it a new lease of life.
The move came after a group of 60 people, including leading architects, students and concerned citizens led protests against the construction activity on April 24, had submitted an appeal to AMC Commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra. The group had appealed to the AMC officials to stop the construction on grounds that it will mar the existing value of the heritage structure which is among the four buildings in Ahmedabad built by Corbusier and jeopardise Ahmedabad’s claim for achieving UNESCO World Heritage City Status.
City-based architect Yatin Pandya, who was involved in restoring and converting the Sanskar Kendra into a City Museum in 1997, “I had written to AMC commissioner apprising him about my concerns with such a structure coming up near the City Museum.
On Wednesday, I received an email from Mohapatra saying, ‘We’ve decided to stop the on-going construction of the control room and are relocating it elsewhere’.”