EXPERTS WHO carried out restoration of Rashtrapati Bhavan and Red Fort in Delhi kicked off the preservation work of the Capitol Complex here on Sunday morning. The Capitol Complex comprises three buildings — Punjab and Haryana High Court, Assembly hall and the Secretariat.
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With an expenditure of Rs 6 crore, initially 3-D imaging of the entire complex would be done in the form of a documentary using a first-of-its-kind LIDAR (light detection and ranging) technology. LIDAR is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the earth.
Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand said 3-D imaging would be done of every nook and corner of each building to see the smallest of the cracks and fissures as well. The work has been allotted to a company, AAIC. The team began its work from the Assembly on Sunday and will complete it in six months.
Chairman and managing director of the company Anirudh said German machines would be used in restoration. “All the machines are from Germany. In fact, we will use nano chemicals which are very safe. Steam cleaning and other works will be carried out using this,” he said.
He added, “We will take 3-D images before and after the preservation work so that everybody can see what was it before and what has been done now in each of the image.”
Ever since the Corbusier’s Capitol Complex has got the UNESCO heritage status, the authorities have started paying attention towards it.
Earlier, a report on the damage to the complex was prepared by a committee for “identification, conservation, management and maintenance of Chandigarh heritage”.
The report stated that although Corbusier’s edifice retains some of its pristine majesty, it is under constant threat of abusive tinkering by its insensitive users who are altering its facade with impunity. It further suggested that the poor condition of roof-terracing in the Assembly has resulted in seepage and leakage which has damaged large parts of the ceiling. External changes like painting of the pyramid and weathering of shuttered concrete plague the building.