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General Information on Chandigarh


General Information

Occasionally called as "The City Beautiful", the Union territory of Chandigarh serves as the capital city of both Punjab and Haryana. Planned by Le Corbusier, the well known French architect, Chandigarh derived its name from the ancient Chandi Mandir located in the city.

Located in the shivalik foothills, Chandigarh was the 1st planned city in India. General information on Chandigarh tells us that the city is one among the Indian cities that have the highest per capita income. The partition of British India left the country divided into India and Pakistan 1n the year 1947, with Punjab also being split up. The state of Punjab belonging to India needed a capital city. Chandigarh was by this time already in the list of new towns to be developed in India. However, the need for a capital city for Punjab gave momentous to the Chandigarh project mainly for its strategic location and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru's personal interest. Chandigarh is also the 1st city that went smoke free on July 15th, 2007. Smoking in any of the public places was prohibited strictly.

The civic administration of the city of Chandigarh is controlled by the Administrator appointed by the provisions of the Indian Constitution. The Ministry of Home Affairs is in charge of the city's administrative control.

The Deputy Commissioner is bestowed with the general administration of Chandigarh

The Senior Superintendent of Police maintains the laws and order in the city.

The Deputy Conservator of Forests manages the forests, Pollution control and the wild life of Chandigarh.

Chandigarh has some well maintained streets with ample parking spaces which makes it easy for the private vehicles to operate. Public buses under CTU that is Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, ply within the city. 2 National Highways connects Chandigarh to other parts of India. Chandigrah is easily accessible by railways and airways with a railway station situated 10kms from the ISBT and a domestic airport called the Chandigarh Airport, which is at a distance of 12kms from ISBT.