International yoga day: Chandigarh shortlists Capitol Complex

THE CHANDIGARH Administration has shortlisted two venues — Capitol Complex and Botanical Garden — for the second edition of International Yoga Day scheduled to be held in the City Beautiful on June 21 in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate.

Both the venues were visited by Ajit M Sharan, secretary, Ministry of Ayush, and officials of administration on Tuesday. The team had also visited Sector 34 Exhibition Ground.

Confirming the development, UT home secretary Anurag Aggarwal said that both the venues had been shortlisted and one of them would be finalised by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). They had sent layout plans and photographs of both the places to the PMO.

According to sources, the PMO has issued instructions to the Ministry of Ayush and Chandigarh Administration that while selecting the venue, it should be ensured that no inconvenience is caused to the general public. Botanical Garden near Sarangpur village is one of the biggest gardens in the city as it is spread over 176 acres of land. The garden is divided into a total of 15 botanical sections. The city was planned by French architect Le Corbusier. Capitol Complex has three main buildings — Secretariat, Legislative Assembly and Punjab and Haryana High Court — besides open-hand monument and martyrs’ memorial raised in remembrance of the martyrs of India’s freedom struggle. Despite few constraints like limited access and security issues, the Chandigarh Administration hopes that the event is held at the Capitol Complex, which is one of the finest works of Corbusier. Last year, Capitol Complex was included in the list of sites to be considered for the world heritage status for 2016. The Capitol Complex is part of a transnational dossier on the works of Corbusier, which was submitted by Paris-based Fondation Le Corbusier to UNESCO on behalf of seven countries, including India. “The final decision will be taken by the Centre,” said the home secretary. The administration has swung into action to make preparations for the event. A committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of UT Adviser Parimal Rai for making the arrangements. The event is being organised by the Chandiarh Administration in collaboration with state governments of Punjab and Haryana. The Ministry of Ayush will fund the event on which around Rs 8 crore is expected to be spent.

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