Meerut an ancient city located to the north-east of New Delhi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Meerut also has one of the major army garrisons/cantonments in this part of the country. Meerut City is also the headquarters of Meerut district which consists of 1025 villages with a population of around (3.44 million) according to the 1991 census.
The majority of the population of Meerut District is Hindu with a substantial Muslim population. In a way, the city of Meerut is composed of almost equal population of Muslims and Hindus. Meerut is the oldest military cantt of India. The cantt is scattered and not concentrated in one place. The city has old double roads in Sub hash Nagar area (one road crossing other) with normal market on both. One major intermediate college is nearby.
There is major handloom market in this area called khandak bazaar. It is said that these khandaks (underground caves) were the protection for the fort of the kingdom.
Meerut has seen a boom in its construction business for the past decade and the city is now aflush with new high rise shopping complexes, apartment buildings and businesses. Meerut is the largest manufacturer of Musical Instruments in India and is also one of the largest suppliers of sports goods. Meerut is well known for its sweet shops. Nowadays Meerut is emerging in jewellery designing also.
Meerut is also famous for its revri and gazak, revri and gazak from gokul revri shop is even exported abroad and sold in india. Gokul revri shop is at budhana gate and is functioning from 1942. Another thing Meerut is famous for is scissors. Meerut is becoming a big education hub in Western U.P. Students from all over U.P and other states come to Meerut to study BCA, MCA, MBBS, BDS, MBA, B.Ed courses. Meerut is having a large number of government & private institutes providing education in these fields.
Situated between Ganga and Jamuna, close to the imperial capital, Meerut Distt.,has been a centre of varied activities throughout the course of history. The fertility of the soil, its temperate climate and its proximity to Delhi bestowed orderly progress in the times of peace and wrought bloody upheavals in times of political commotions. Inhabited by sturdy Tyagis, Rajputs, Vaishyas, Jats, Gujjars, etc. - all of whom have contributed towards its progress by either agricultural skill, enterprise and sweat, the people of Meerut faced the onslaught of Qutub-ud-din and Timur with courage and tenacity.
Meerut leapt into international prominence during the revolt of 1857, when on 24 April, 1857; eighty-five troopers out of ninety of the third cavalry refused to touch the cartridges and after court martial were sentenced to ten years imprisonment.
This marked the beginning of a general movement of freedom from the British yoke, with the support of the civilian populace.
The events of 1857 established the British authority firmly and they began to create an elaborate system of transportation and communication; and a chain of English schools to turn out an army of intermediaries between the rulers and the ruled.
Since Meerut was the most important town in the western part of the United Provinces, and a better centre of commerce, education and politics, it contained a higher proportion of men engaged in the liberal professions, in the judiciary and in business.
The Arya Samaj Movement gained popularity in Meerut and started publications of magazines and newspapers, opened schools and laid emphasis on anti-untouchability campaigns, Swadeshi and Swaraj. A number of prominent middle class and middle caste people of Meerut were attracted towards the teachings of Arya Samaj.
The public life in Meerut began with the founding of a branch of Indian Association in 1877 by S.N.Banerjee. A number of social service and voluntary organizations like Vaish Mahasabha came up in the district of Meerut. In 1914, Meerut became the venue of three important conferences i.e., Meerut Political Conference, the U.P. Industrial Conference, and the U.P. Political Conference. Meerut had been an important centre of religious, cultural, intellectual and political activities and was also an important cotton producing district and a big centre of cotton trade and weaving.
Archeological excavations carried out at Village Alamgirpur near Meerut have discovered remains from the Harrapan culture. This has put Meerut on the International map of ancient cultures. Painted Grey Wares have been found as also an ancient well that dates back to the Mauryan Period.
Meerut has since time immemorial been, on the national as well as international scene. Its progress and development has, therefore, been rapid and on the latest modern technological lines. Its proximity to Delhi was a boom to this small district.
The enterprising populace armed with modern education and latest technology fast developed Meerut into one of the most important business centers of Western U.P. Meerut already had an important cantonment to boast of; but now it soon developed a huge pharmaceutical market, innumerable factories, schools, colleges and management institutes as well as medical colleges.
After dotting the map of NCR with several premier projects that have provided the best living solution for the middle class, SUPERTECH in collaboration with the PROVIEW CONSTRUCTION LTD. has now touched the land of Meerut to reward it with an International life style clubbed with state-of-the-art amenities that will fulfill the life-style expectation of the customers.
Palm Greens, the one of its kind residential project in Meerut, will be the first High Rise residential complex in the city that will decorate the lifestyle of people in Meerut with sophistication and modernization.
Ansal Landmark, a Joint Venture between Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd and Landmark Holdings, has been entrusted the responsibility of building a 400 acres (approx) futuristic township in NCR, on Delhi - Meerut bypass, by the Meerut Development Authority (MDA). The township, in the Ved Vyas Puri residential area of Meerut, will comprise development of residential plots, built-up houses, high-rise apartments, shopping and commercial areas and community building.
This will have many firsts for Meerut and salient features to its credit like: being a ‘Security Oriented’ town with well planned security systems, all electrical wirings will be concealed and underground, power back up for essential services, provision for optical fibre network, excellent quality potable drinking water and underground drainage system to name a few.
The 4 lakh square feet, Ansal Highway Plaza, will make shopping and entertainment an enjoyable experience. Ansals have been a pioneer in all sectors of real estate development such as their flagship Ansal Plaza, which ushered in the Mall revolution in the country. In continuation of this tradition, Ansals now in collaboration with the Dalmia’s, have taken on the baton of pioneering development in smaller cities as they see tremendous growth potential in this sector.
Meerut is very important from historic, geographic and economic point of view. The town is especially famous for scissors, handlooms and sports goods and also have strong agricultural base. The construction of Airstrip has brought this town in National Air Traffic Map, thereby further increasing its importance. There is a heavy pressure on infrastructural facilities because of population increase due to nearness of Delhi.
Source : India Real Estate blog
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