The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) had in December named the city of Chandigarh the most prosperous, perfect and the greenest city the world ever had.
In an article title ‘Is this the perfect city?’, the writer explains why this famous city, situated in India should be considered the best. Chandigarh is a city and a union territory in the northern part of India that serves as the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana
The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India post-independence in 1947 and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design. The master plan of the city was prepared by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, transformed from earlier plans created by the Polish architect Maciej Nowicki and the American planner Albert Mayer.
The BBC writer stated further that;
“Not only would this be the capital of Indian Punjab, but it would be the very model of a modern city promising peace, democracy and a new social order free of bitter divisions. It’s also interesting to know that the city derived its name from a temple “chandi mandir”.
Taking a closer look at the city, I discovered that there are more facts about the city that will make you to concur to these facts. Here are some of the interesting facts you must know about Chandigarh city.
The City is Perfectly Planed
This beautiful city called Chandigarh is well-known worldwide for its architecture and design. It has a mixture of history and practical thinking about the future. A city spread in an area of approx. 114 sq. mt.
Chandigarh is Analogous To Human Body
Architect Le Corbusier conceptualized Chandigarh as analogous to the human body. The ‘Head’ being Capitol Complex in Sector 1, ‘the Heart being City Centre Sector-17, ‘the Lungs’ being the open space and greenery, ‘the Circulatory System’ being the 7V’s and ‘the Brain’ being the Educational Institutions. Amazing right?
This city comprises of Sukhna Lake
No one travels to India and does not visit this human wonder. A 3 km² rainfed lake that was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. Originally, the seasonal flow entered the lake directly causing heavy siltation. The lake is in fact an example of natural beauty constructed by man.
The City Has No Statue
Have you ever visited a city with no single statue? This is one amazing fact about the city. The Chandigarh city has no statue in its parks or at the roundabout. It is rather decorated with lots of beautiful flowers and trees.
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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’. No wonder the city has one of the highest tourist visitation records in the world.
‘Cleanest and Happiest City’
Chandigarh is both the cleanest and the happiest city in India, according to two different surveys conducted in 2010 and 2015 respectively.
The Pedestrian’s Paradise
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.