The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee (CHCC) i s yet to approve the recommendations of a sub-committee mandating that Sector 17 should be given a uniform look.
Meanwhile, the sub-committee has taken samples from the TDI Mall (earlier known as Jagat Cinemas) and has recommended that the mall needs to go back to the concrete look, and thereafter wants that all buildings in the sector should follow suit.
The aim of the exercise is to retain the heritage look of the sector and go back to the original character of the buildings.
However, at the the CHCC meeting that was held recently, reservations were shown by the architects who attended the meeting. It was discussed that that it would not be easy to remove the paint from TDI mall and that the structure will not be completely made to go back to the original structure. It was shared by the sub-committee that structures for many of the buildings have got spoilt and there seemed no alternative with the owners other than painting the buildings.
Meanwhile, the CHCC did not take a final call on the report submitted by the subcommittee. A decision is likely to be taken after senior officials in the committee go through the report and the samples of TDI mall.
UT chief architect Sumit Kaur told HT, “At the meeting, we deliberated on how to retain the original character of buildings in Sector 17. A report was also submitted. No final approval has been given to go ahead with the recommendations of the report. After a final decision is taken, the TDI mall will be asked to make the changes and other buildings will have to follow.”
The cost of the restoration will be bor ne by the owner of the building and 430 buildings will be getting the new façade.
The report also mentions that in the absence of nor ms, standards or specification for restoration and altered/damaged concrete surfaces, more than 40% of the buildings in Sector-17 (whether publiclyowned, individuals or private ownership) have a façade of exposed cement concrete. The restoration will ensure uniform surface texture and colour of the concrete façade.