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‘Capitol Complex must be more accessible’

A reception centre near the Capitol Complex,revamp of the security structure and landscaping of the area were some of the suggestions mooted during a meeting of experts held today.

A reception centre near the Capitol Complex,revamp of the security structure and landscaping of the area were some of the suggestions mooted during a meeting of experts held today. The meet of experts comprising of former chief architects,architects as well as officials of the UT Administration was held to address the issues pertaining to the Capitol Complex. The experts were of the view that accessibility to the Capitol Complex needs to be enhanced.

The meeting was attended by Renu Saigal,Ashwini Sabharwal,Surinder Bahga,S L Kaushal,Sarabjit Sandhu,Dr Vikram Aditya Prakash,Manmohan Khanna,Gaurav Chhabra as well as officials from the UT Administration. The Capitol Complex comprising of the High Court,Secretariat and Assembly apart from some monuments is one of the most renowned structures built by creator of the city Le Corbusier. However,access to the structures is restricted,making it a nightmare for tourists to visit the Complex. In fact,it is one of the few places where access to the symbol of the city – the Open Hand – is restricted.

The UT Administration asked a group of experts to make recommendations for the changes that need to be brought at the Capitol Complex. A series of meetings are likely to be held after which the recommendations would be given to the Administration.

A suggestion was mooted for having a central office near the entrance of the Capitol Complex. Passes to visit the complex would be issued to the visitors here. It was suggested that different types of passes should be introduced for the employees,tourists and those who want to visit the Capitol Complex for the purpose of studying architecture. A facility for keeping the luggage of the tourists who visit the Capitol was proposed to be created.

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A proposal to have a comprehensive security plan would be mooted. Instead of the security tents being present,these would be embedded in the hillock so that the visibility is reduced. The feasibility of having CCTV cameras and some hi-tech security gadgets would be looked into.

A separate parking lot for the visitors would be created. All the experts present in the meeting opposed the presence of the barbed wire that divides the Complex. It was stated that this was against the concept and beauty of the Complex. It was suggested that this be removed. Instead fencing around the Complex could be introduced. The members further suggested that to meet the recurring expenditure,a nominal fee for visiting the Capitol Complex could be introduced. A guided tour for the visitors was proposed.

The members also held heated discussions on the construction of the Museum of Knowledge,the fourth building proposed by Corbusier in the Capitol Complex. The experts also discussed the violations that have crept into the building and the need to remove these.

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