The UT Administration is preparing an inventory of all extant heritage items designed by the Le Corbuisier team in Chandigarh and in future none of these listed items will be sold. This was submitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court today by Sanjay Kaushal, senior standing counsel of the Chandigarh Administration.
As the petition filed by advocate Ajay Jagga came up for hearing before the Bench, his counsel Aalok Jagga stated that pilferage of heritage items in Chandigarh was a chronic and ongoing problem and the Administration made no serious effort to check it. His petition contended that no guidelines have been issued for making an inventory of heritage items.
During the recent past, many of the heritage items and artifacts, including furniture, stated to be designed by the team of Le Corbusier, Chandigarh architect were auctioned for high sums abroad. Ajay Jagga had then filed a petition before the High Court seeking directions to check the pilferage and sale of these items.
During the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, the Division Bench headed by Justice M.M. Kumar asked the Administration what steps it was taking to preserve the heritage items. The UT counsel’s submission today was a response to that query. He informed the court that issue of framing guidelines was being deliberated by the concern officials and meanwhile instructions had been issued forbidding the sale of any heritage item. The case will come up for hearing again on February 2.
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