Chandigarh: The workers restoring the Heritage buildings at Capitol Complex are subjected to danger and risking their lives as their safety norms are ignored.
Where on one hand UT Administration has initiated the work to protect the heritage building, there on the other hand no protection in terms of safety of the workers has been dressed.
UT has initiated the restoration work of the monuments and buildings at Capitol Complex which has recently attained the UNESCO Heritage tag but has failed to ensure the safety of the workers working for the restoration work.
During the reality checks, Daily Post discovered that workers were fixing the interlocking poles at the height of over 40 feet at Open Hand monument but were not wearing the safety harness.
UT Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand said that he will direct the Delhi based firm which has been engaged to carry out the restora,tion process of the heritage buildings to ensure the safety of the workers.
The company has experience of restoring the Rashtrapati Bhavan, “Presidential Residence” in New Delhi and may other heritage buildings across the country.
Anand said, “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. I will also ask the company to ensure the safety of the workers.”
Capitol Complex attained Heritage Status from UNESCO in July this year empowering UT to display UNESCO logo at the complex. The restoration of the 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 the complex are Geometric Hill, Tower of Shadows, Open Hand and Martyrs Memorial.
The historic structures at Capitol Complex, the 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.
The 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 shining look.
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.
Workers restoring Open Hand Monument at Capitol Complex on Monday without safety norms run the risk to their lives.DP
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