Heritage lamppost near Rashtrapati Bhavan to be restored

May 11th, 2009 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) The 80-year-old sandstone lamppost near the Rashtrapati Bhavan that collapsed in a squall Sunday will be restored, an official said Monday.
The sandstone structure built in 1929 was part of the city planning by British architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens.

“We suspect some conduit or corrosion inside the structure lead to its collapse. I have sent a team of engineers to examine the site and would be able to comment once I get the report,” D.S. Sachdev, director general, Central Public Works Department (CPWD), told IANS.

“We maintain these heritage structures regularly especially in the VIP areas. There has been no slack in effort from our side but the cause of its fall is being examined. We will restore it,” said Sachdev.

The lamppost at the Vijay Path, close to the presidential palace, were individually crafted by Indian artisans on the designs given by Lutyens.

“The two pillars are a part of Lutyens’ design of New Delhi. The fountains, benches, lamps are all a part of the street furniture he envisioned. It is extremely unfortunate that one of the pillar has collapsed but it can be reconstructed as the original designs of the structure are available with the CPWD,” said Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) convener A.G.K. Menon.

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