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Government gives nod to rename Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road as Abdul Kalam Road

Union Government has given its nod to rename Delhi’s famous Aurangzeb Road has been renamed after former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam.

It was decided by New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to rename road as APJ Abdul Kalam Road, as the jurisdiction of the road comes under it.

The decision was taken by NDMC in which is in charge of central Delhi, after it received clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

It should be noted that, the road was earlier named after the Mughal emperor Abul Muzaffar Muhi-ud-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb. He had ruled much of the Indian subcontinent from 31 July 1658 to 3 March 1707.

It is also said that, Aurangzeb Road is India’s richest road where property prices are the highest and is located in the heart of Lutyens’ bungalow zone. The road begins at the Taj Mansingh hotel near India Gate and joins Safdarjung Road near the official residence of the Indian Prime Minister.

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Centre to declare Rishikesh, Haridwar as Twin National Heritage Cities

Union Tourism Ministry will soon confer the title of ‘Twin National Heritage Cities’ on the temple towns of Rishikesh and Haridwar.

This will be the first instance in the country in which tag is being given to any of the cities. Both heritage cities will receive funds which have been earmarked for the development.

Under the Twin National Heritage Cities, development plan has been proposed to develop two cities as world-class yoga and spirituality centres. The first priority of this development plan is to improve the infrastructure and traffic situation in these cities.

Haridwar is very rich in cultural heritage as it has more than 370 heritage sites while Rishikesh has around 30 heritage sites. These heritage sites include old temples, akharas, dharamshalas, havelis, etc and have many artefacts and murals of historic value.

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