Plans to provide facilities for researchers from India and abroad, a cafeteria for visitors and an audiovisual room at the Le Corbusier Centre, Sector 19, have been gathering dust for the past few years.
The new director of the centre, Mukesh Singh, who had joined last year, said that he has already written to the administration, and the plans are in the pipeline. “The administration has been conducting meetings for the upgradation of the centre with the chief architect and the Chandigarh College of Architecture. First meeting was held in January, where the UT advisor had approved of all the plans, and the next meeting was held in March, which I could not attend,” added Singh.
Admitting the fact that as per the plans, nothing has been done practically in the past one year, Singh further said, “It is the administration which has to take the step. I can only remind them, which I have been doing since long. I have already written to the CEO of the STEPS Society and Director (Tourism) to start the process.”
Singh also informed that there are many shops lying vacant at the centre, one of which could be utilised as a theatre room to showcase documentaries and short films made on Le Corbusier and his life. “So many other activities can be organised at the centre like special exhibitions such that the residents frequently visit here. The Le Corbusier Foundation, Paris, is organising an exhibition on Le Corbusier soon. I, on behalf of our centre here, have proposed to be a part of it.”
As the city would commemorate the 127th birth anniversary of Le Corbusier on October 6, the director of the centre informed that the celebrations, which are usually held at a large scale, have been postponed due to the Dussehra vacation.
Vijay Kumar, UT Tourism Officer, said, “We have postponed the celebrations to October 11. Since the Chandigarh College of Architecture organises the function on October 6, most of their students are out on vacation, which is why, the preparations for the day are under a planning stage. We are thinking of conducting a lecture on Le Corbusier