UT admn ropes in architecture students as guides for Capitol Complex

  • Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2015 19:55 IST

Chandigarh administration has roped in students of Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) to give visitors walking tours of the Capitol Complex, Sector 1, and explain fine details of architectural marvels of Chandigarh's planner Le Corbusier.

Capitol Complex has three main buildings, namely the secretariat, the legislative assembly and the Punjab and Haryana high court, besides the open-hand monument and martyrs memorial raised in remembrance of the martyrs of India's freedom struggle.

CCA principal Pradeep Kumar Bhagat informed that they had received a request from the UT tourism department following which they have started training second year students of the college.

There are a total of 42 students, who are being made aware about the complex and works of Le Corbusier.

"Being students of architecture, they will be able to explain works of Le Corbusier in much better way," said Bhagat.

The students will be available on call and will be sent in turns by next month. The students will get also get an honorarium for their services.

As per the route prepared by the college, tourists will be taken to the high court first, followed by the open hand, Martyr's Memorial, Tower of Shadows, Vidhan Sabha, Geometric Hill and Secretariat building.

For the benefit of tourists, the administration has also set up a tourism information centre at the complex.

Last year, CCA had imparted training to the guides hired by the department of tourism. The Capitol Complex has been put under grade 1 of heritage status by the administration.

Since 2006, the administration has been making efforts for the UNESCO heritage status. The administration is also working on relaxing the security at the complex. At present, most of the area there is under heavy security, making it difficult for tourists to visit.

CCA to revamp high court museum

The college has also been entrusted with a responsibility of revamping Punjab and Haryana high court museum, which is home to judgments, court records and items of historic importance such Bhagat Singh's trial at Lahore, Nathu Ram Godse's handcuffs and a copy of original constitution of India signed by constituent committee.

Giving details, principal Bhagat said that they have constituted a team comprising two teachers and two students, which has started working on the project.

The team will visit the Supreme Court and other high courts for getting ideas for restoring the Punjab and Haryana high court museum.

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