The Bara Pulah Bridge or BaraPullah Bridge is a busy road-passing in Delhi, near Humayun's Tomb and Khan-i-Khana's Tomb. It is surrounded by the fruit and vegetable market behind the Nizamuddin railway station.[1] Due to the increasing population and traffic problems, the government announced a new Barapullah Elevated Road project during the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The new overpass bridge has marginally solved the traffic problems, but has overshadowed the historic bridge which is now almost invisible and overrun by squatters.[2] The BaraPullah Bridge is a monument of national importance and protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.[3]

Bara Pulah Bridge
Coordinates28°35′03″N 77°15′12″E / 28.584074°N 77.253343°E / 28.584074; 77.253343
CarriesRoad traffic
LocaleDelhi, India
Other name(s)BaraPullah Bridge
DesignArch bridge
Total length200 metres (660 ft)

History edit

The BaraPullah bridge was built by Minar Banu Agha nearly 400 years ago. According to historians, the bridge was built under Jahangir's rule and personally commissioned by him. The Mughals used the bridge to cross the Yamuna river to reach Nizamuddin Dargah and Humayun's Tomb while returning from Agra.[3] In 1628 the road between the bridge and Humayun's Tomb was a wide tree-lined path and was considered the most beautiful bridge of Delhi.[1]

Architecture edit

The bridge structure has 12 piers and 11 arches, and it is 200 metres (660 ft) in length.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Smith, R. V. (13 June 2016). "Bridging myth and reality". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Makeshift Markets, A Historic Bridge & Now A Busy Thoroughfare: Barapullah In Delhi". So City. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Verma, Richi (16 April 2015). "Jahangir's bridge slips into decay". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 February 2022.

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