In September the UNESCO team will be visiting Chandigarh for weighing the options to give the heritage status of Le Corbusier’s work. If the heritage status is granted then it would be a perfect homage to mark the pioneer of modern architecture’s 50th death anniversary. However, on the flip side, the custodian of the Corbusier works in Chandigarh, the UT administration is giving importance to Vaastu Shastra over his creation.
Recently, the UT finance secretary got his official residence (House No. 510) in Sector 16 renovated and the changes were made in the building plan as per the Vaastu requirements.
The kitchen, which used to be on the left side of the house, has been converted into a bedroom and the original set of nine small one-square-foot windows has been replaced with a big window of 10x3 feet. A new kitchen has been constructed on the right side of the house.
Not only that, an additional porch-cum entrance has been constructed on the right side, even as the original front-side entrance also exists. All these changes in the building plan have reportedly been made as per the requirements of the Vaastu Shastra.
Even the water drainage of the first floor has been shifted to the right side, which earlier used to be on the back side of the house. The renovation at the finance secretary’s house was completed in December last year, putting unnecessary burden on the exchequer.
“If Vaastu is so important and scientific then it would have been part of the syllabus of students pursuing architecture. Had it been a new construction, going as per Vasstu holds logic, but making alterations in a house is sheer wastage of money and an insult of Corbusier, who is known as the father of the modern architecture across the world,” said a Delhibased architecture.
Despite repeated efforts, finance secretary Sarvjit Singh could not be contacted. He didn’t even respond to a text message sent to him to enquire about the changes in the building plan of his official residence.