Rock Garden all set to get permanent night illumination

  • Tanbir Dhaliwal, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 10, 2015 15:48 IST

With a view to enhancing the beauty of Rock Garden at night, the UT administration has approved and initiated the concept of permanent illumination in the entire garden, which is divided into three phases. To begin with, the administration will temporarily illuminate phase-3 to celebrate the birthday of Nek Chand, the creator of Rock Garden, on December 15.

The celebrations will be held from December 12 to December 15, in which a series of events will be organised.

The task has been assigned to Pradeep Bhagat, principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture.

“The concept of permanent illumination of the sculpture garden has been approved by the UT department of home. Once the tender is floated, it will take four to five months to completely illuminate the garden,” Bhagat said.

“The idea is not to go beyond his (Nek Chand) concept. His approach is being restored. Appropriate lighting will be used to bring out the texture and colour of the material used. We will ensure that there is no glare and people enjoy more,” he added.

LED lighting will be applied with strokes of colour.

The architect has also designed new steel guard fences which will house the luminaries. About the temporary lighting of phase-3, Bhagat said it will take a week’s time to complete.

Earlier, the UT administration had announced to celebrate December 15 as the Nek Chand Day every year. The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal.

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