Chandigarh Administration has finally granted public access to the Open Hand Monument in Sector 1, Chandigarh after a gap of 20 years. Residents of the city and tourists visiting Chandigarh will now be able to visit the Open Hand Monument and other architectural marvels created by the French Architect ‘Le Corbusier’ in Sector 1, North Chandigarh.
Chandigarh UT Advisor, Vijay Kumar Dev along with UT Home Secretary, Anurag Aggarwal inaugurated the walk tour at this heritage site of The City Beautiful. The Capitol Complex area is the most VIP area of Chandigarh due to the presence of Secretariat, High Court and Legislative Assembly. The whole Capitol Complex area in Chandigarh was closed for public in year 1995 when the former Chief Minister of Punjab, Beant Singh was killed in a car bomb blast. It is in year 2015, after 20 years of the dreadful incident that the Chandigarh Administration has decided to grant access to the Open Hand Monument for general public.
Along with the Open Hand Monument, people will also be able to visit the Capitol Complex which includes Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly.
How to Visit The Open Hand Monument in Chandigarh?
Public access to the Open Hand Monument in Sector 1 does not mean that anyone can go there at any time time. Special arrangements have been made by Chandigarh Administration where people will need to register their names and other details to visit the Capitol Complex area.
Only 3 times have been finalized by the Chandigarh Government for visits i.e. 10 am to 12 pm, 12 pm to 2 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm. Visitors can choose a time slot according to their preference. A group of not more than 25 people will be allowed. Every group will be accompanied by security personal and a guide. students of Architecture Collage of Chandigarh have been hired as guides to showcase the heritage of city Chandigarh to visitors.
To register you name and book a time slot, you may visit the Chandigarh Tourism website here: http://chandigarhtourism.gov.in/