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Heritage complex: Letter highlights unauthorised construction at civil secretariat

The UT engineering department has shot off a communique highlighting unauthorised construction at the civil secretariat which is part of the heritage complex.

punjab Updated: Jul 26, 2016 13:51 IST
Monica Sharma
The development is significant as the Capitol Complex, Sector 1, has recently been recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
The development is significant as the Capitol Complex, Sector 1, has recently been recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO.(HT File Photo)

The UT engineering department has shot off a communique highlighting unauthorised construction at the civil secretariat which is part of the heritage complex.

The communique has been addressed to the UT superintending engineer (construction circle-II ), highlighting the violation. The letter has also been forwarded to the Haryana civil secretariat, administration officer.

The development is significant as the Capitol Complex, Sector 1, has recently beenrecognised as a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The communication, sent by the UT executive engineer, has highlighted that unauthorised construction has come to notice in the verandah of room number 44-A, block 5, floor 6, Haryana wing of Punjab and Haryana civil secretariat.

It has been stated that a toilet is being constructed by enclosing the verandah next to room number 44-A. It has been added that no prior permission was sought for carrying out the construction. The construction is being carried out by the Haryana PWD (B&R). Sources in the administration said the main task for them is to remove the existing violations at the complex and not let any further come up.

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The experts of architecture field also point out that as Capitol Complex has been named as a heritage status, now the challenge is to remove the violations in the buildings at the complex which are visited by the public throughout the year. Even in near future the administration will have to look for some solution to maintain the concrete in the coming years.

The administration is already working to remove structural violations from the 100-acre complex. The violations include security tents and fences to cordon off individual buildings. Window air-conditioners installed at all office buildings are also not permitted at a heritage building.

Heritage event on Thursday

The UT administration has planned an event at the Capitol Complex on Thursday, where members of Indian Institute of Architects and urban planning experts will participate to highlight the importance of the heritage buildings. A cultural activity and talks on heritage awareness are also scheduled to be held.

In the city, architects as part of a ‘design yatra’, being undertaken across the country, have reached and will be participating in the event.