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The educational and software hub of the north, Noida is known for its rich culture and history. It is an integral part of the national capital region and is known for its state of the art infrastructure and planned architecture.
About Noida History
Noida has always been an important center for trade and commerce, but historians say that it was more than just a business hub. Noida is believed to be the birth place of Ravana’s father and Saint Visheshwa. It is said that Eklavya – Dronaharya’s disciple also hailed from this part of the country. Dronacharya, the unforgettable character of the epic Mahabharata had his ashram in Noida where the Pandavas and the Kauravas used to train.
During medieval India, the land was primarily occupied by Gujjars whose main occupation is of agriculture and farming. Even today, a large part of Gujjar community hails from different parts of Noida. The expansive Noida Golf course is also built on a historical site. It is here that the battle of Delhi was fought during the British rule. Talking about the freedom movement, a large number of freedom fighters are associated with Noida. Some of the most popular ones include Vijay Singh Pathik, Mihir Bhoj, Shri Ram Nath, Shri Gopi Chand and Ram Chandra Vikal . Historians believe that during the freedom struggle Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukh Dev took refuge in a small village called Nalgara, which is currently on the Noida-Greater Noida expressway. They planned the mighty bomb attack on the assembly in Nalgara village itself.
Formation of Noida
Noida is a city under the management and administration of the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) which was formed on April 17, 1976. It was the prime time of the emergency period which lasted from 1975 to 1977. The city was established as a part of the urbanization uprising. Located in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, Noida is an integral part of the ever growing NCR. Each year April 17 is celebrated as Noida Day with great zeal and enthusiasm in the entire city.
It was in the early 1980s that the government thought that the exponential growth of the national capital would lead to chaos due to shortage of area. At that time the government decided to include Gurgaon and Noida extension (which is now known as Greater Noida) in the national capital region.
The district of Gautam Buddha Nagar was formed on September 6, 1997. It carved out some portions of Bulandshahar and Ghaziabad. After this the government of Uttar Pradesh paid special attention to the growth and development of Noida. During the past two decades, the city has seen a phenomenal growth in real estate and infrastructure.
Important Historical Events in Noida
1976 – Formation of Noida Early 1980s – Noida Extension taken as part of NCR 1990s – Noida and Greater Noida start developing into world class cities 1997 – Formation of Gautam Buddh District