Delhi: Long wait for Pragati Maidan tunnel, five underpasses to end this Sunday – Times of India
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Delhi, the capital of India, is also considered the heart of the nation. The massive metropolitan city lies in a triangle formed by the river Yamuna in the east and spurs from the Aravali range in the west and south. The city, a largest and busiest commercial hub in northern India, is also the largest centre of small industries. The IT sector, handloom, fashion, textile and electronic industry contribute a lot to Delhi’s economy.
The capital has a strong historical background too. It was ruled by some of the most powerful emperors. And thus, it radiates with its syncretic culture. The history of the city is as old as the epic Mahabharata. It was known as Indraprastha, where Pandavas used to live. In due course, eight more cities came alive adjacent to Indraprastha – Lal Kot, Siri, Dinpanah, Quila Rai Pithora, Ferozabad, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad and Shahjahanabad.
The city is divided into two parts – Old Delhi and New Delhi. New Delhi, also called Lutyens’ Delhi, bears a striking contrast to Old Delhi with respect to architecture, building materials and layout. However, modern Delhi itself dates back to over a century when the British shifted their capital from Calcutta to Delhi.