By ANKUSH KHURANA
The construction work of Tourist Information Centre (TIC) near Capital Complex, Sector 1 is in full swing. The centre is expected to be completed by March 31. Once the centre starts functioning, it would facilitate tourists eager to take a tour of the Capitol Complex with the requisite permissions to be given here.
The foundation stone of the centre was laid in October last year. The upcoming TIC has been designed under the guidance of M N Sharma, first Indian Chief Architect of Chandigarh. The design of the structure will gel with the overall architectural appeal of the Capitol Complex.
UT Chief Engineer S K Chadha says, “Work of Tourist Information Centre in Capitol Complex is in progress. We are using green building concept in its construction. In addition to other facilities at the centre, baggage scanning machine is also going to be installed. We aim to complete the building by March 31.”
The Capitol Complex comprises three renowned buildings: the Secretariat, Assembly and the High Court. Apart from these, several monuments are present. With the Complex having been designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, it attracts a large number of visitors who come here to study the architectural marvel.
However, for visiting the Capitol Complex, permission is required with the buildings being occupied by the governments of Punjab and Haryana and tight security being in place. At present, due to lack of adequate information, getting permission is a tedious process since there is no information centre at the Capitol Complex. Instead, permissions need to be taken from information centres at Sukhna Lake, Sector 17 or the Le Corbusier Centre in Sector 19.
That is why a decision to build the centre was taken. This building has been planned as a small, compact, functional single-storey structure measuring 41’-0” x 41’-0” approximately and 14’-0” high facing North West. It will have a reception, souvenir display area, washrooms, cloakroom and waiting room. Guides will also be provided to tourists on request. Touch-screen kiosk will be installed for dissemination of tourist information related to Chandigarh.
The information centre will have exclusive parking for visitors. There will be a seating arrangement in front of the building as well as on its terrace. A water body will also be there. The terrace of the building will be approachable for the tourists from an open RCC folded staircase on rear side. The terrace will be partially solar-powered.