UT Adviser inaugurates pedestrian path at Capitol Complex; guided tours from April 15

Under the new system, those looking to visit the complex can apply online at the Chandigarh Administration’s tourism website.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:April 14, 2015 4:18 am
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Restrictions for visits to the Capitol Complex have now been eased. On Monday, Adviser to Administrator, Vijay Kumar Dev, inaugurated the online registration facility and a new pedestrian path that will directly lead to the complex from the tourism facilitation centre. Capitol Complex comprises the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Assembly and Secretariat buildings and includes art like Open hand monument, known worldwide as the most tangible manifestation of Le Corbusier.

While visitors had to earlier walk nearly half a kilometer to enter the complex from the high court’s gate no 1, the new direct pathway will allow for seamless walking tours from the tourism centre. “It’s a historic day for the city as the administration has made an attempt to ease the visit inside the complex through several user-friendly steps. Our effort is to integrate the Capitol Complex with the city so that the residents and tourists can appreciate and feel proud of its heritage value. The building has already been nominated for the world heritage site status for 2016. UNESCO’s team will he here in September to inspect the site,” Adviser to Administrator Vijay Kumar Dev said.

Under the new system, those looking to visit the complex can apply online at the Chandigarh Administration’s tourism department website as well as personally at the tourism facilitation centre.

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From April 15, tourists can visit in three batches at 10 am, 12 pm and 3 pm respectively, in groups of not more than 25 people. A guided tour will familiarise the visitors with the architectural value of the Open Hand monument and the buildings of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Secretariat and Legislative Assembly designed by Le Corbusier.
Visitors will be required to show their original ID proof when personally arriving at the tourism facilitation center – passport, Aadhar card, driving licence, voter ID or ration card. Visitors will then goo though a security check at the facilitation centre and will be issued single passes for all three buildings. Earlier there was multiple frisking inside the complex.

After this, a tourism police personnel, a trained guide from the tourism department and an armed security personnel from the Chandigarh police security will accompany visitors. At the barrier between the open Hand Monument and the assembly, the Chandigarh Police security person will be withdrawn and only the tourism police personnel and the guide will accompany visitors to the Punjab Assembly. After the Assembly, visitors will be guided to the Punjab Haryana Civil Secretariat before returning to the tourism facilitation centre.

Home-cum-Tourism Secretary Anurag Agarwal said the administration will invite school and college students to the Capitol Complex so that they can connect with the city’s heritage.

Meanwhile, Adviser Vijay Dev directed the engineering department to ensure the beat boxes in uniform colours inside the complex and also to ensure that management plan of the Capitol Complex’s preservation is followed fast.

Director (Tourism) Kavita Singh, chief architect Kapil Setia were among the top officials present during the inauguration ceremony.

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