The students of the Chandigarh College of Architecture designed maps of six walking trails that were released on Wednesday at a function held at the college premises. The walking trails had been discovered by Scott Slessor,Canadian Consulate General,Chandigarh after the discovery of the new routes in three years,Scott Slessor,an enthusiastic walker himself,worked in collaboration with the students in understanding the local essence of the routes. I learned a lot about Chandigarh and the students also learned a lot, said Slessor. Each route can be covered in two hours of walking and all of them have at least one of the major heritage sites connected to them. The unique feature of these routes is that it also gives the walkers a close connection with the residential areas and the roads which have been hardly explored by people.
Two of the routes lead from Taj Hotel,with one of them ending at Sukhna Lake and the other connecting the trail back to Taj Hotel via Sector 9,18 17 and 16. We discovered many hidden treasures in many sectors and it gave us a new perspective of the city making us know our city better, said Sowmya Singh,student of the college.
The printing of the six maps was financed by Slessor and printing of the outer carry box of the maps was financed by the blood bank through M L Sarin. As a principal,I feel very happy that the students have provided something for the tourists and the citizens and residents of the city, said Pradeep Bhagat,Principal,CCA.
Stressing on the unique architectural design of Chandigarh,UT Adviser K K Sharma said that the city is a mecca for every architecture student. He also said the increased use of private vehicle was leading to pollution and that walking is a major way by which pollution can be reduced. The maps are available at the Taj Hotel now and shall expand further to beyond the scope of tourism to provide the residents and citizens with a different experience of the city on foot.