Edict of Chandigarh

Le Corbusier, the planner of Chandigarh prescribed the Edict of Chandigarh. Urban planners and health experts have termed the edict as a mandated rule book on the planning of the city that was laid down by Corbusier. He, while planning the city wanted its citizens to become the city’s guardians.

The objective of the Edict

The Edict’s objective is to enlighten the future as well as Chandigarh’s present citizens regarding the basic concepts related to the city’s planning so that they can become its guardians and saviours thus saving the city from the whims of individuals. This Edict also sets out certain basic ideas that are related to the city’s planning.

What does the Edict say regarding statues?

This Edict states that the age of statues is no more. It also mentions that no personal statues in the parks of Chandigarh or even the city shall be erected. According to the Edict, Chandigarh has been planned in such a way that it intends to radiate a new sublimated spirit of art. Any form of personal remembrance should be limited to carefully placed bronze plaques and statues are strictly prohibited. Hence, the placing of Martyr’s statue at Punjab’s assembly will violate the edict.

Other prohibitions by the Edict?

The Edict has specified a set of things that are permitted and those that are prohibited. Along with the ban on placing statues, this Edict also completely bans commercialization and noise at Sukhna Lake. The Edict also talks about certain parks in Chandigarh such as Rajendra Park, Leisure Valley, etc. and no permission are to be given to unplanned buildings.

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