THE CHANDIGARH tourism department is planning a mega event to celebrate Capitol Complex getting world heritage status.
The two-day event will be organised on November 19 and 20. The opening ceremony at Capitol Complex will be over a 100-minute affair. The department has planned a laser show depicting the evolution of Chandigarh. The other events of the opening ceremony will be 3D projection mapping of Capitol Complex, cultural performance depicting various dance forms of India and awards ceremony. For around 2,000 VIP guests, there will be seating arrangement on a revolving platform. On November 20, the department has planned a 60-minute light and sound (water) show at Sukhna Lake.
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UT home secretary-and-secretary tourism Anurag Agarwal said, “Capitol Complex getting heritage status is a big achievement. The two-day celebration is going to be special,” said Agarwal.
Capitol Complex was part of a transnational dossier on the work of Le Corbusier, which was submitted by Paris-based Fondation Le Corbusier to UNESCO on behalf of seven countries, including France, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, Germany and Argentina.
The Chandigarh Administration is planning to invite officials of France, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, Germany and Argentina for the event. Chief ministers and governors of Punjab and Haryana will also be invited. The event is expected to be attended by around 5,000 guests.
Capitol Complex, one of the finest works of Le Corbusier, has three main buildings – Secretariat, Legislative Assembly and Punjab and Haryana high court – besides open-hand monument and martyrs memorial raised in remembrance of the martyrs of India’s freedom struggle. The department Saturday floated tender for hiring an event management firm for the event. As per conditions laid down by the department in the tender document, the company that will manage to get maximum sponsorships would be given preference. The last date for submitting bids is October 21.