CII holds Heritage Walk cum guided tour of Capitol Complex


NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Chandigarh Council oragnised a Heritage Walk cum guided tour of the Capitol Complex with an active support of the Chandigarh Tourism to promote it, this morning here on Sunday.

The participants who included 50 CII Chandigarh Council members along with their spouses and kids were absolutely enthralled with the architectural masterpieces of Le Corbusier, set against the Shivalik peaks which include three edifices – Punjab and Haryana High Court, Secretariat and Legislative Assembly; in addition to other masterpieces like Open hand  Chandigarh’s Emblem, martyrs’ memorial, Geometric Hill and the Tower of Shadows which traces the path of the sun through shadows and acts as a natural cooler.

Kicked off by Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration and Mr Amarbir Singh, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council, the heritage walk and tour was seamlessly guided at each point by students of Chandigarh College of Architecture(CCA), sector 12 as tourist guides. The CCA is offering voluntary service to promote Capitol complex and make the general public aware of Le Corbusier’s thought process and unique architectural wisdom behind these masterpieces.

Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration shared that “We are pleased with the kind of interest and response that we have received from the citizens of tricity for these recently initiated guided tours of the Capitol Complex. The Complex is a unique architectural miracle and commands huge significance not just in India but also in the world. I thoroughly enjoy being here. We are also getting a lot of queries, suggestions and feedback on which we would certainly work to make the experience even more memorable and thrilling”.

Mr Amarbir Singh, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council shared that “CII is fully committed to support the Chandigarh Administration in promoting Chandigarh as a tourist hub of the region. City can very well act as a transit point for tourists going uphill as it is the gateway to hills. However, what is needed is to promote such unique architectural heritage monuments and worth seeing places of the city. Today’s tour was one such initiative. CII would also give its suggestions for better arrangements to improve the tour. We are also planning to organise Ambassadors’ meets of various countries in the city to bring it on global tourism map”.

Ms Kavita Singh, Director – Tourism, Chandigarh shared that “We are receiving a huge response from citizens in India and abroad since the day we threw open the complex to the general public and foreign tourists with easy access through online registration. It is another feather in city’s cap to attract more tourists here. Presently, there are three times slots: 10 am to 12 pm, 12 pm to 2 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm, and soon we would enhance the lighting as well and add another slot at 5 pm. We are receiving a lot of suggestions as well.