Chandigarh: The safety norms are back for the workers restoring the heritage buildings in Capitol Complex. The workers were seen using the safety harness tied to their waists and other parts of the scaffoldings being installed to carry out restoration work.
DailyPost had highlighted the anomaly detected during the installation of the scaffoldings while carrying out restoration of the Open Hand. Workers were seen without safety harness and other protections.
The UT has initiated the restoration work of the monuments and buildings in Capitol Complex which has recently attained the UNESCO Heritage tag but had failed to ensure the safety of the workers engaged in the restoration work.
However, now while installing scaffoldings at a height of around 80 feet at the High Court building, the workers were seen secured with helmets, safety harness and gloves.
As the HC has declared holidays, the work of restoration has taken place with the UT deciding to complete the work before the HC reopens after winter vacation.
UT Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand said that the Delhi-based firm, which had been engaged to carry out the restoration process of the heritage buildings, had been directed to ensure safety of the workers.
The company has the experience of restoring Rashtrapati Bhavan, Presidential Residence, in New Delhi and many other heritage buildings across the country.
Anand said, “The company has been instrumental in carrying out restoration work at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The works have been allocated for Rs 5 to 6 crore to be completed within a time frame of six months. I will also ask the company to ensure safety of the workers.”
Capitol Complex attained heritage status from UNESCO in July this year, empowering the UT to display the UNESCO logo in the complex. The restoration of the Capitol Complex buildings will be done by proactive coating. Capitol Complex comprises three buildings, Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and the High Court. The fourth building, Museum of Knowledge, is yet to be constructed. The other monuments at the complex are Geometric Hill, Tower of Shadows, Open Hand and Martyrs’ Memorial.
The historic structures in Capitol Complex, the artefact of Le Corbusier will be restored to its original form. The walls having embedded figures, which had faded with passage of time, will be made prominent. The High Court walls, doors and windows will be brought back to their original form. The paintings at the Vidhan Sabha will also be brought back to the original form. The Open Hand monument will be treated to give a shining look.
The Capitol Complex buildings are to undergo structural 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.”
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