Chandigarh: UT Administration has finally allocated the work for restoration of Heritage Buildings at Capitol Complex. Three companies submitted the expressions of interest and after holding presentation forth technical committee, Delhi based firm has been shortlisted.
UT Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand said that a Delhi based firm has been shortlisted to carry out the restoration process of heritage buildings. The company has experience of restoring Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi and many other heritage buildings across the country.
Anand said, “Three companies were shortlisted and who made presentation forth technical committee. The company has been instrumental in carrying out restoration work of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The works have been allocated for Rs five to six crores to be completed within a time frame of six months.”
Capitol Complex attained Heritage Status from UNESCO in July, this year empowering UT to display UNESCO logo at the complex. The restoration of Capitol Complex buildings will be done by proactive coating. The Capitol Complex comprises three buildings Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court. The fourth building, Museum of Knowledge, is yet to be constructed. The other monuments at complex are Geometric Hill, Tower of Shadows, Open Hand and Martyrs Memorial.
The historic structures at Capitol Complex, and artefact of Le Corbusier will be restored in its original form. The walls having embedded figures which had faded with passage of time will be made prominent. High Court walls, doors and windows will be brought back to its original form. The paintings at Vidhan Sabha will also be brought back to its original form. The Open Hand monument will also be treated to give it a shining look.
The maintenance and treatment of the decades old Secretariat the Reinforced Concrete (RC) building structures by getting the walls coated with proactive coatings for exposed RC buildings. The Capitol Complex buildings are to undergo structure repairs of concrete beams, pillars and other parts as per the original plans prepared by Le Corbusier. The factors to be looked upon are functional utilities, landscaping, Visitors compatibility, maintenance management and disaster management.
UT, Superintending Engineer, C B Ojha said, “The process of treatment will impregnate the porosity on the walls of the RC elements which will reduce the seepage of the water into the walls which leads to formation of fungi. Secondly, this will also give uniform coloration of the buildings giving a smooth look.”
In January, UT had also conducted the trail of the proactive coating at UT Secretariat building before finalising the tender for the company after which the restoration work of the RC buildings in Sector 17 has been started.
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