Chandigarh: On one hand, UT Administration is riding high on the UNESCO Heritage Status attained for Capitol Complex and conserving other heritage structures however heritage value signage’s are tell a different story all together.
The heritage signage’s designed by Swiss-born French architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret placed on various intersections of roads directing the commuters are actually in complete shambles and require urgent maintenance.
It seems that UT is not concerned about the upkeep of heritage signage’s which are broken, cracked, tilted at many places in city. Restoration of such signage’s to its original glory will bring them back to life.
Local architect and nominated councillor Surinder Bahga has also shot a letter in this regard to the Adviser to the Administrator regarding the issue. In his letter he has stated that these heritage signages are conceived as benchmarks on important roads throughout the city. Nobody cares for these and they are getting deteriorated.
These are broken, cracked, tilted at many places.
Their paint and plaster is peeling off. At places advertisement posters are pasted on them.
Originally their background was painted in white colour and words were written in black colour of a particular size. Arrow pointer was in red colour.
Over the years they are painted in different colours with different word sizes. Condition of non-heritage sign boards is also the same.
Bahga said, “With declaration of Chandigarh Capitol Complex in world heritage list by UNESCO, flow of foreign and domestic tourists will increase in city and shabby condition of these sign boards will bring bad name to all of us who are custodians of City Beautiful. Hence, it is important to find solutions for conserving these sign boards and maintain city’s original character.”
Bahga also suggested that the recording and documenting these sign boards is important for the future generations. Chandigarh College of Architecture can be assigned this duty. To protect original paint, a coating of acrylic varnishes can be applied before applying new paint.
Chief Engineer UT Administration said, “The restoration of such signages is already under consideration and some new signages will also come up in city.”
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