Pioneering Indian architect MN Sharma died aged 93

Urban designer MN Sharma, who worked alongside Le Corbusier to design the city of  Chandigarh, India, has died of heart attack at the age of 93.

Sharma was chosen to be the first chief architect in 1965 after the retirement of Pierre Jeanneret.

When Chandigarh was recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO Sharma felt that the inclusion was long overdue

The architect had launched earlier campaigns aimed at preserving the Corbusier heritage and for getting heritage status. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.