ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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CHANDIGARH- People Prevail over Plan

People Prevail over Plan THE new city of Chandigarh was inaugurated by the President of India in 1953. Although Intended to provide a capital for that part of Punjab which remained in India after partition and to help rehabilitate the disrupted institutional and cultural life of the displaced persons, the new venture had a wider national significance. The import of this experiment was' brought out by Jawaharlal Nehru, when he paid the first visit to the site of Chandigarh, in the following words: ''The site chosen is free from the existing encumbrances of old towns and old traditions. Let it lxl the first large expression of our creative genius flowering on our newly earned freedom". Chandigarh was to be unique in other respects also. Unlike most planned towns which are designed as satellites to existing large cities or to subserve the needs of a new industry, Chandigarh was planned as an autonomous city free from the dominance of any neighbouring community and complete in all respects, fully equipped to serve all the needs of its residents. The world's best known city planners and architects were chosen to give shape to this bold vision. The firm of Albert Mayer and Whittlesey of New York was first given the contract, and when tha firm had to give up the assignment after some preliminary work, the celebrated French architect and city planner, Le Corbusier along with Maxwell Try, Pierre Jeanneret and Jane Drew was invited to complete the work.

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