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Soon, easy access to Capitol Complex

The architectural emblem of Chandigarh — the Open Hand monument — will soon be exclusively accessible to city residents eager to see their heritage. By February-end, the UT administration plans to start the registration process for locals wanting to visit the Capitol Complex.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 02, 2015 08:53 IST
Monica Sharma

The architectural emblem of Chandigarh — the Open Hand monument — will soon be exclusively accessible to city residents eager to see their heritage.

By February-end, the UT administration plans to start the registration process for locals wanting to visit the Capitol Complex. The facility of online registration will also be provided.

The administration has also established a Tourist Information Centre 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.

As the area is a high-security zone, it is usually cumbersome to get a permission to visit it.

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, and the theme is ‘Open to give, open to receive’.

THE PROCESS NOW

At present, visitors are required to get permission for visiting the prohibited areas. One of the roads that goes to the Open Hand monument is being used exclusively by high court judges. The piazza has also been divided into two parts by installing a barbed wire.

UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal said, “We will open entry to the Capitol Complex systematically. Meetings are on to decide the timings and the security details. The illumination of the Capitol Complex will also start.”

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.

“The complex is being opened for city residents so that they can go and see the architecture and admire the Open Hand monument,” Agarwal added.

The city residents have all along been demanding that they should be allowed to visit the Open Hand monument.

In 2010 also, the UT administration had mooted a proposal to allow residents to visit the complex.

High-security zone

Entry to Capitol Complex to be opened systematically.
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.
Currently, visitors are required to get written permission from the UT administration, as the area is a high-security zone.