Heritage status for Capitol Complex: UT forms two committees to oversee preparations

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 12, 2015 12:50 IST

The UT administration has formed two committees to supervise the preparation of dossier and research on tapestries of the city for laying claim to the heritage status for the Capitol Complex in 2016.

UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal said the supervisory committee and the research and ground work committee have been formed to review the progress of ongoing works.

The dossier is a management plan being prepared by the UT to get world heritage status for the group of architectural government buildings. The supervisory committee will monitor its preparations. It will comprise Rohit Jigyasu, a conservation architect and risk management consultant, architect SD Sharma, former principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture Rajnish Watts and the present principal of the institute.

The research and ground work committee, which has been named the heritage cell, will study the incomplete projects such as the martyrs’ memorial.

The committee will involve architecture students in its work. The research work will include study of the ground work. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) had recently included the Capitol Complex in its list of sites to be considered for the world heritage status in 2016. Its members are expected to visit to inspect the buildings in September this year.

For the past three years, the administration has been trying to get world heritage status for the Capitol Complex, which is known worldwide as Le Corbusier’s architectural marvel. Unesco in a communique had stated that Chandigarh met all technical requirements outlined in the operational guidelines for nomination to the world heritage list.


The UT administration is planning to organise a workshop for sculptors in collaboration with Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi. Renowned sculptors will participate in the workshop and carve sculptures for the city.

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