Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex Gets UNESCO’s Heritage Plaque

The Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex, situated at Sector-1 has finally got its very own UNESCO Heritage Site Plaque which was unveiled by the UT Administrator VP Singgh Badnore and MP Kirron Kher at the site. The Capitol Complex was granted the status of a “Heritage Site” in the year 2016 on 17th July. The Chandigarh Administration jostled to get the UNESCO heritage title for the Capitol Complex since 2007 and won the label last year. The unveiling event was graced by the many well known personalities like Kirron Kher and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan along with his sons Amaan and Ayaan who gave an amazing performance at the event.

UNESCO Plaque at Capitol Complex Chandigarh – The Unveiling Event

It is considered as a huge honor for a state or a city to be marked as a Heritage property owner by the internationally renowned organization, UNESCO. And it was a moment of pride and respect for the Chandigarh administration to get the UNESCO Heritage Site Plaque for its one of the oldest and most iconic set of buildings at the Capitol Complex of Sector 1 which was given the heritage status in 2016.

The plaque unveiling event was celebrated in a big way by the city administration and it saw the presence of many famous people like Kirron Kher, UT Administrator V P Badnore and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The Master Sarod player Amjad Ali Khan put up a great show along with his talented sons Amaan and Ayaan at the event and graced the venue with their presesnce.

The Capitol Complex of Chandigarh

The Capitol Complex based in Sector 1 Chandigarh was built by Le Corbusier and serves as a government compound that houses a set of buildings. The complex is spread over 100 acres and comprises of three monuments, three buildings and an artificial lake. The building and the monuments at the complex are Open Hand monuments, Tower of Shadows, Geometric Hill, Punjab and Haryana High Court, The Legislative Assembly and The Secretariat. To visit the Capitol Complex one needs to register for a tour at tourist information centre in Sector 1. Entry is not granted without the identity proof and has to carry a PAN Card or License.

UNESCO & Capitol Complex

As the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) marked the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh as one of the World Heritage site last year it, promised the UT to offer technical support for the preservation and upkeep of the structures at the complex as well.

If the UT administration fails to manage the site in the future the UNESCO will eventually remove the name of the Capitol Complex from its list of World Heritage sites. The heritage status of the complex has brought the City Beautiful to light in the World map and has created a buzz among the tourists as well which has in turn boosted the tourism in the city. To register for a tour at the Capitol Complex visit the official website of Chandigarh Tourism.

Source: HT

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