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Colony that abuts wonders of history

delhi Updated: Aug 18, 2013 01:36 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times
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It is a ‘beautiful’ colony and a ‘beautiful’ green precinct on a high-traffic road, yet quite separated from the madness.

With Purana Qila and the Humayun’s Tomb complex on its north and south sides, the plush leafy residential area —Sundar Nagar — barely a kilometre away from the India Gate C-Hexagon, is in a way sitting on a historical site. And what commuters’ dread during peak hours, the Mathura Road, is aligned almost on the historic Grand Trunk Road.

The Purana Qila and the Humayun’s Tomb, a World Heritage Site, are fairly well-known.

But Sundar Nagar has two other neighbours that are not known as well as these.

Azimganj Sarai, located on the Delhi zoo premises, lies just next to Sundar Nagar. The other is Sunderwala Burj, a 16th-century mausoleum, then situated in Azim Bagh. This Azim Bagh is now known as Sunder Nursery, believed to have come up in the 1920s when the British needed to grow plants for the garden city, Lutyen’s Delhi.

Sundar Nagar was formed in the 1950s by the Land and Development Office (L&DO) as a plotted colony.

Curious Delhiites taking the Mathura Road might have wondered the Sundar Nagar’s connection with either Sunder Nursery or the Sunderwala Burj.

But interestingly, none of these lend its name to this tony colony.

“Sundar Nagar is named after Sundar Bawa Singh, who was the first person to buy a plot here and start a colony,” said Sanjeev Desai from the Sundar Nagar Association.