World Heritage Status Celebrations: Finance department raises objections on ‘vague’ tender document

The department of tourism was planning the event on November 19 and November 20 for which a tender was floated to hire an event management firm by October 21.

Written by Vinod Kumar | Chandigarh | Published:November 6, 2016 5:25 am

The much-publicised two-day mega event to celebrate Capitol Complex getting United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage status has been postponed after finance department raised objections on the tendering process. The department of tourism was planning the event on November 19 and November 20 for which a tender was floated to hire an event management firm by October 21. The finance department objected to it citing that the tender document was “vague and lacked specifics”.

UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh said that the events listed in the tender document were without details regarding requirements and rates. “It’s a financial matter and we have to be very careful. Each and every detail has to be there in the tender document,” he said.

Moreover, as per the general finance rules (GFR), minimum of three companies are required to show interest in a project, of which work is allocated to one on basis of merit. In this case, only one company has submitted its bid.

The department has now been asked to float the tender again after incorporating all the details.

On November 19, the department had planned a 100-minute long ceremony at Capitol Complex wherein guests were to be welcomed with rose petals by girls sitting atop a helium balloon. The other events, included a laser show depicting evolution of Chandigarh, 3-D projection mapping of the Capitol Complex, a cultural performance depicting various dance forms of India and an award ceremony. For around 2,000 VIP guests, there was a plan to make the sitting arrangement on a revolving platform. On November 20, the department had planned a 60-minute light and sound (water) show at the Sukhna Lake.

The tentative cost of the event came to around Rs 2 crore, overshooting the budget of the department. Now, it has been decided to scale down the event. Confirming the same, UT home and tourism secretary said that they will re-plan the event after making the required changes.

Capitol Complex, one of the finest works of Le Corbusier, comprises three main buildings — Secretariat, Legislative Assembly and Punjab and Haryana High Court — besides open-hand monument and a memorial raised in remembrance of the martyrs of India’s freedom struggle.

The Complex was also 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.