By Vivek Gupta
The restrictions on visiting Capitol Complex, which had deterred tourists as well as local residents, are going to be eased considerably next month. The administration has begun constructing a pedestrian pathway from the recently-built tourism information centre that will provide a direct pathway to the Open Hand monument inside the complex. The pathway will pass through a small bridge, constructed by Le Corbusier in the 50s but never put to use.
From here, visitors can easily go to the high court, the assembly and secretariat buildings which are the other components of the Capitol Complex, known worldwide as the most tangible manifestation of Le Corbusier’s imagination.
Many residents are not fully aware of this heritage as entry to Capitol Complex has long been restricted for security reasons. Visitors have had to obtain multiple entry passes for different buildings, from the tourism information centre, before walking half a kilometre to enter from the high court’s gate no 1.
There is frisking at the entry point of every building and additional entry passes are required at the Punjab and Haryana secretariat building on the basis of the entry passes issued by the tourism centre.
Chandigarh’s Home-cum-Tourism Secretary Anurag Agarwal said that the bridge built by Le Corbusier in 1955 will be opened and inaugurated along with other facilities on April 13.
Multiple entry passes will now be replaced with a single entry pass system and a one-time security frisking at the tourism information centre. Barbed wires at the main entry of the assembly building from the high court side will be removed.
The administration will also launch an online registration for visiting the Capitol Complex through the Tourism Department’s website as well as the Smart Chandigarh App that will instantly given a schedule and time for the visit. This is in addition to the existing system of manual registration at the tourism centre which will continue.
“We are planning to have shifts, starting from 10 am, 12 pm, 3 pm and hopefully an evening shift after 5 pm. Each shift will have 25 to 30 visitors who will be escorted by professional guides to explain the architectural design of each building,” Agarwal said.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines