UT to restore 3 Capitol Complex buildings

CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has prepared a financial estimate of Rs 59 crore for the comprehensive restoration and preservation of three major buildings in the — a Unesco heritage site.

The engineering wing of the UT administration will now initiate the tender process to select the private company for the work at the Punjab and Haryana secretariat, Punjab and Haryana assemblies and Punjab and Haryana high court. Technical guidelines will also be framed for the company to follow.

Out of the total sum, Rs 37.26 crore would be spent on Punjab and Haryana secretariat — the biggest building with nine floors, Rs 11.20 crore on Punjab and Haryana assemblies and Rs 9.80 crore on the Punjab and Haryana high court.

“The financial estimate of all the three buildings have been prepared on the detailed report of the conservation architect. She had submitted three separate reports for the three buildings, specifying how of restore or preserve them, material required and how to look after them after restoration,” said a senior official of the UT administration.

“Since all these three buildings are habitable — thousands of people visit the three buildings daily — it was a major challenge for us to prepare a plan in a manner that can be executed on the ground. Since fire safety, high-security zone area, flow of public are some of the crucial components of the plan, the private architect was instructed to keep all such things in mind, while preparing the plan,” said another official involved in the project.

The administration has scheduled a meeting of all senior officers on Tuesday to discuss the matter of financial estimate of the restoration of all the buildings of the Capitol Complex.

The buildings at the Capitol Complex include the Open Hand monument, Punjab and Haryana high court, Tower of Shadows, Geometric Hill, the legislative assembly and the secretariat.

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