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Ghaziabad – The Gateway of UP


Though in UP, Ghaziabad is very much a part of Delhi. In fact, it’s in the ambit of NCR. So naturally, it’s the gateway of UP. Literally, it gets the best of both the worlds (in this context, states). Cities that are placed in a manner that they cover two states, always have an edge over other places, cities and towns. You’ve the best example of Gurgaon before you. Gurgaon is actually in Haryana but is a part of Delhi and is now the address of India’s most elite and upper crust. The same good luck has befallen Ghaziabad, which has been expanding exponentially and though basically an industrial hub, Ghaziabad is now one of the most sought after locations in NCR.

Ghaziabad finds mention in the despatches of the Revolt of 1857 as there were fierce clashes between the Indian rebel sepoys and British forces on the banks of river Hindon. General Hugh Rose, the man who defeated the Indian rebel sepoys and admired the bravery of the Queen of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai, mentioned the clashes that took place at Ghaziabad. In all fourteen dispatches to London, General Hugh Rose wrote about Ghaziabad alongside Meerut and Bithur (near Kanpur), the epicentres of the Revolt. The military dispatches of that time can be seen at Fort William, Calcutta and India House, London.

Despite the proliferation of industries in Ghaziabad, it’s a place liked and loved not just by Delhites, but by all. It’s the second fastest growing city in the world. The reason is that Delhi has reached a saturation point. Now these extensions like Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Sahibabad, Palwal etc. are getting greater attention and their importance is increasing by the day. NCR is now a seamless expansion and you can’t make out where the boundary of Delhi ends and the limits of its satellite cities begin. All are one and have come under one roof. In a way, it’s proven to be a boon and a blessing to Delhi. Its area has increased and the (population) load has decreased marginally, if not remarkably.

One German architect opined in 2015 that there’d be two finest and independent Indian cities by 2020. The cities would be Gurgaon and Ghaziabad, which’re already two fantabulous uber-cities. It’s a shoo-in that in the next 2 years, both the places would touch the stratosphere of advancement and modern amenities of all types.

I first visited Ghaziabad way back in 1995 and again in 2017. The city has undergone a sea-change. In 22 years, Ghaziabad had frog-leaped from a sleepy city to a buzzing metro. Now, I’m planning to visit it again on my forthcoming visit to the Capital in April, 2018. Ghaziabad is now a throbbing place to chill out. It also has greenery to welcome you.

The Metro, which’s a veritable boon to the Delhites, goes till Ghaziabad ( Pin Code 201001 ) and even further, making it even more accessible.

Delhi now boasts of terrific locational expansions like Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon that have the potential to grow further and further.

Apropos, Kumar Vishwas (poet-politician: A peculiar combination!), Lara Dutta (Miss Universe, 2000 and Bollywood actress) and cricketer Suresh Raina belong to Ghaziabad.

Source by Juhi Mateen

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