Delhi’s first Modern Building, Connection with Jallianwala Bagh Kand

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India’s capital Delhi is considered to be the city of the heartland. Delhi is different from the rest of the country in many ways. Whether it is to talk, education, or infrastructure development, this city is such that everyone wishes to settle down. Perhaps this is the reason that development in Delhi and its surrounding areas are also fast.

There are many buildings in Delhi that are the center of attraction for the people. Among them, the White Building of Delhi Assembly is quite different from the rest. Growing up from Alipurdu Road towards Delhi University campus this building is also known as ‘Old Secretariat’.

Walter George, Edwin Lutyens, Robert Tor Russell, A. Herbert Becker is the name of some of the designers who talk about when modern buildings in Delhi are talked about. Similarly, the designer of the Delhi assembly was E. Montague Thomas. When the British Government shifted from Kolkata to the national capital in 1911, the first building was built, which was completed in 1912 ie in 1912.

Some other things related to building

E. MONTAGUE designed 10 acres of land for tree plantation, greenery instead of designing. This building was built on the land of Chandrawal and the people here got a place near Kirori Mal College instead of land. Its contractor was Seth Fateh Chand of the city of Sikkim (now Pakistan). He later contracted for some government buildings and then he settled in Haridwar.

Connection to Jallianwala Bagh

The connection of this building is also from the Jallianwala Bagh Kand. Actually, the mass mobilized in the Jallianwala Bagh was organized on 13th April 1919 against the rocket act passed by the Gori government. The bill was passed by the Central Council of Legislative Council on 17 March 1919 in the old secretariat (now in New Delhi Assembly). With the passage of the bill, the white government got the right to impose jail for the sake of maintaining inner peace in the country. Mahatma Gandhi himself came here to listen to the debate over this act.

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