The UT Administration has appointed a consultant for the illumination of the Capitol Complex,who has been entrusted with the task to prepare a concept plan for the project.
The Administration had earlier got a detailed plan prepared by the Chandigarh College of Architecture. A presentation of the same had been made in the Ministry of Tourism,following which a grant of around Rs 4.80 crore was approved by the ministry.
The Administration,thereafter,decided to appoint a consultant for the project. The move had been criticised by certain quarters,particularly architects,as it was felt that a proposal had already been prepared by the faculty and students of the college after working on it for almost a year. The architects had been of the opinion that there was no need for hiring a consultant.
The Administration has,meanwhile,hired a consultant as the officials are of the opinion that the designs prepared by CCA were raw and for the project to be implemented,there was a need for a professional to look into the details. The Capitol Complex comprises three buildings as well as monuments designed by Le Corbusier.
UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas said: The concept plan would be prepared by the consultant,following which the illumination of the Capitol Complex would be done. It would be an added attraction for the tourists. The Administration proposes to illuminate the buildings and monuments of the complex with lights of different colours. Illumination would be done using energy-efficient and cost-effective methods. A guided tour of the complex has been proposed.