There were multiple reasons for building this road - possible trade ties with Tibet, strategic cum defence reasons, connectivity to hill stations.
When one reads old district gazetteers, one marvels at the wealth of material and at the reading habits of the authors
What is a "trunk road" and who decided GT Road and BT Road should be trunk roads? Also, what does it take for a truck road to become an "imperial" trunk road?
Under the Maurya Empire, roads were built, one from Takshashila to Pataliputra and beyond. There can never be an exact match, but that's more or less what GT Road is
In 1927-28, the Indian Road Development Committee, chaired by M R Jayakar, had implicitly thought of a multi-layered network of roads, main roads and feeder roads
Before the advent of British rule, roadways in the modern sense were practically unknown; and even after its establishment there were few to be found, except within urban limits
The two most important factors in the development of Darjeeling have been the choice of the district for a health resort and the subsequent planting of tea in the hills
The district gazetteer for Howrah in 1909 has a description of the district that is considerably different from today's Howrah
What was the irrigation system like? And how were ailments treated?
Not much was manufactured in the city and one could actually see the Himalayas from Delhi, according to the Delhi Gazetteer for the period
Would you have expected irrigation and canals to lead to inferior health outcomes?
The British were wonderful at documenting and the colonial gazetteers contain information of great strategic importance
In this process, 36 unmanned level crossings were eliminated and replaced by manned level crossings
When we think of assets of sick public sector enterprises, we think of land or plant and machinery. But there are locomotives too
One of the four steam locomotives that turned up in 1909 is on display at National Railway Museum. A second locomotive is on a plinth in Amritsar workshop