Chandigarh is more than just a Union Territory, it has a history, a future that is connected with the people already residing or intending to settle there. Let’s know more about this beautiful city which sets a benchmark with respect to remarkable designing, planning and eventual execution.
Chandigarh, as witnessed today was designed by the famous architect of that time Le Corbusier.
The city is a union territory controlled by the Central Government and is the capital of two Indian states Haryana and Punjab.
Chandigarh is the first planned city of our country and is spread in an area of approx. 114 sq. mt.
It is noticed that the sectors in Chandigarh and Panchkula don’t have a Sector 13, a superstitious belief that the no. 13 is not auspicious.
The neighboring cities of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali are together called the ‘Tricity’
In Chandigarh, you would not notice any statue in parks or at the roundabout, a condition of the architect Le Corbusier.
The medieval Chandigarh was the home to the Harappan Civilization about 8000 years ago.
Chandigarh came into notice post-independence as the capital of Punjab at that time was Lahore and needed a new capital.
Chandigarh’s official emblem is the ‘Open Hand’ which signifies peace and reconciliation. The open hand sends a message of ‘open to give and receive’.
The city got its name from the famous Chandi Mandir Temple, which is now a famous tourist destination.
As the city is the base for three governments, most of the people residing there are either working .government officials or retired one. This has given the city the title of ‘Pensioner’s Paradise’.
The network of roads in Chandigarh is called the 7V’s, with the vertical roads called the Paths (running northeast/southwest) and horizontal roads called Margs (running northwest and southeast).
There is an undefined craze of University Elections in Chandigarh, even more than the Vidhaan Sabha or Lok Sabha Elections.
Because of the picturesque beauty of Chandigarh, it is called ‘The City Beautiful’.
Chandigarh is divided into sectors, with each sector enclosed by roads for easy transport yet sealed from direct access to the residential areas.
The Central Plaza in Sector 17 is called Pedestrian’s Paradise intended to avoid any traffic and is a hot destination for people on weekends as it houses restaurants, pubs, discos, clothing stores etc.
Chandigarh is situated under the foot of Shivalik Range, 365 mts. above sea level.
Le Corbusier conceptualized Chandigarh as analogous to human body. The ‘Head’ being Capitol Complex in Sector 1, ‘Heart being City Centre Sector-17, ‘Lungs’ being the open sapce and greenery, ‘Circulatory System’ being the 7V’s and ‘Brain’ being the Educational Institutions.
Chandigarh was the dream city of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Tree plantation was a major part of the city’s plan. This is the reason why there are about 26 flowering species and 22 trees species planted at various spots across the city.
A study conducted by national government reported that Chandigarh is one of the cleanest cities of the country.
Chandigarh tops the list of Indian states and union territories in Human Development Index.