Locals yet to feel immediate tug for Capitol heritage despite UNESCO tag

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 19, 2016 13:37 IST
The Open Hand was lit up on Monday. The locals have been infrequent visitors to the complex, something that the heritage status to the city should help change. UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal said, “We have decided to light up the buildings for 15 days.” (Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

The heritage status to the Capitol Complex has not aroused an immediate wave of interest among locals with only five people visiting the complex on Monday — the same as on any average day.

Read more: Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex declared UNESCO World Heritage site

A guided tour of students from Government School Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, were among 80 people — in three groups — that did visit the Complex though.

The tours were conducted at 10am, 12 noon and 3 pm. Seven foreigners were part of the group.

The majority of the city residents HT spoke to said they were happy that the Capitol Complex had been given the Heritage status.

However, most were yet to visit the complex — since it was thrown open to the public in April last year.

Read more: Unesco lists Le Corbusier’s works among World Heritage Sites

Sources in the tourism department said the majority of the visitors at the complex were architecture students.

In 2015, 16,000 people visited the complex of which around 11,000 were domestic tourists.

This year, 4,300 people visited the complex, of which 3,000 were domestic. UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal said, “We have decided to light up the buildings for the next 15 days. We will also organise an event involving residents to celebrate the achievement.”

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