Guided tours to be a norm at Capitol Complex

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 10, 2015 16:38 IST

The architectural emblem of Chandigarh — the Open Hand monument —will be thrown open to city residents through group tours on April 13. It will be formally opened by UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev.

For the purpose, the UT administration has decided to affix pictures of the visitors on the permits. The pictures will be clicked at the tourist information centre at the Capitol Complex.

The facility of online registration for the visit will also be provided. It has also been decided that no individual entries would be allowed at the complex. Only group tours will be allowed at specific timings, keeping in mind the high-security zone.

Each group will be accompanied by cops, besides a tourism guide, who will enlighten the tourists about the architectural design of the buildings in Capitol Complex that comprises the Secretariat, Punjab and Haryana Vidhan Sabhas, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Open Hand Monument, and the Tower of Shadow, a demonstration of Chandigarh’s founder architect Le Corbusier’s theories of sun control.

Le Corbusier had designed the Open Hand monument with the idea that it would be a place for city residents to exchange ideas. There is a Contemplation Pit near the monument, with the theme is ‘Open to give, open to receive’.

As of now, individual visitors could go any time before 5pm and were required to get permission for visiting the prohibited areas. The illumination of the Capitol Complex and Rock Garden will also be undertaken by the administration. The administration is also writing to the architecture universities across the world to visit the city and study the heritage of Le Corbusier. As of now, groups of students from architecture colleges come to the city, after seeking prior permission.

High-security zone

Entry opened to Capitol Complex through groups

Move aimed at allowing city residents to admire the architecture of the Open Hand monument

Tourist Information Centre established at the Capitol Complex, which comprises the secretariat, the Vidhan Sabhas of Punjab and Haryana, the Punjab and Haryana high court, the Open Hand monument and the Tower of Shadow, a demonstration of Chandigarh’s founder architect Le Corbusier’s theories of sun control

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