Will Puducherry Raj Nivas must be reconstructed? | Puducherry Information

PUDUCHERRY: Constructed by the French, destroyed by the British and serving because the residence of the lieutenant governor of the Union territory of Puducherry for greater than half a century, the 250-year-old Raj Nivas, as it’s identified as we speak, is starting to point out indicators of decay.
Seen patches on the terrace present indicators of leakage. The majestic verandah surrounding the primary constructing on the east, south and west are have began exhibiting indicators of detachment from the primary construction, say specialists. Cracks have developed resulting in leakage of rainwater from the verandah and wall junction. One of many picket rafters on the primary ground just lately fell indicating that the rafters have deteriorated as a consequence of extra moisture.


The harm is such that restoration may be a brief resolution, and the federal government eager on a extra long-lasting reply may contemplate rebuilding the construction. Public works division minister Okay Lakshminarayanan stated, “The general public works division has declared the constructing constructed between 1766 and 1768 as not steady at current. Now we have determined to hunt the opinion of specialists from IIT Madras on whether or not to revive or reconstruct the constructing in the identical architectural sample. ”


The minister, who additionally holds the portfolio of tourism, stated Intach has given a proposal for restoring the constructing, however is unable to substantiate how lengthy the construction will be capable of final or the price of restoration. “There is no such thing as a level in restoring the constructing which can final just for one other 5 or 10 years. The Bharathi memorial home, which was restored, deteriorated inside 5 years,” he stated.
The 2-storeyed constructing overlooking a backyard (now Bharathi Park) was rebuilt on the inspiration of Resort de la Compagnie, which was constructed in 1733. Initially constructed within the French Baroque model, it was destroyed within the yr 1761 by the British. Later in 1766 the constructing was rebuilt within the exceptionally decorative and theatrical Rococo model of structure, which mixes asymmetry, scrolling curves, gilding, white and pastel colors, sculpted molding, and trompe-l’œil frescoes to create shock and the phantasm of movement and drama.
Earlier than work commences, the official residence of lieutenant governor will likely be shifted to a brand new visitor home for visiting justices of Madras excessive courtroom or the Marie Constructing. “Now we have a bitter expertise with historic buildings. The Marie Constructing collapsed and needed to be reconstructed. So we don’t need to take any dangers,” stated the minister.

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