CPWD begins work on building new Gallery. Seating capacity to be increased from 5,000 to 13,525 ; several amenities to be provided.
The seating capacity of the Viewers’ Gallery at the famous Joint Check Post at Attari in Punjab will be increased from the present 5,000 to 13,525. Central Public Works Department of the Ministry of Urban Development has started the work in this regard last week. Foundation Stone for the new Viewers’ Gallery was laid by Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh in the presence of Chief Minister of Punjab Shri Parkash Singh Badal on March 22, 2015.
CPWD has commenced the work for the first Phase sanctioned at a cost of Rs.24 cr. In the first phase new Gallery, Museum, Exhibition space cum Souvenir shop, 20 bedded M.I Room Lounge, 31 Seater Conference Hall, Dining Hall with kitchen, 11 rooms and a barrack for guards will be constructed. Parking for 85 vehicles near the Viewers’ Gallery will also be provided.
In the second phase, Cafeteria, Musical fountain, Statue area, covered waiting area for visitors, toilet blocks, visitors parking and landscaping besides four lifts in the Gallery will be built.
CPWD which was entrusted the work has done the architectural design in-house for the project which is to be completed by December, 2016.
Giving the proposed facelift for the Joint Check Post at Attari which is frequented by thousands of tourists every day is a challenging task for CPWD as the new Gallery is to be built by demolishing the existing Gallery and without hindering the retreat ceremony at sunset every day. The work will be taken in blocks so that sufficient space is still available for the visitors during all stages of construction.
The existing Viewers’ Gallery was also built by the Central Public Works Department.