Dhaula Kuan

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Dhaula Kuan () is a major intersection of roads in Delhi, India. The name also now refers to the neighborhood surrounding the intersection. It lies in South West Delhi.

Intersection

Five major throughfares in Delhi meet at Dhaula Kuan. Passing through the intersection are the Ring Road and National Highway 8, which feed traffic around Delhi and from Central Delhi to Gurgaon, and points south and southwest, respectively. National Highway 8 is also the primary route of traffic from Delhi to Delhi Airport.

A major infrastructure project during the 1990s and early 2000s lead to the construction of a figure-eight interchange that eliminated stop lights and improved traffic flow.

In addition to being a major road hub, Dhaula Kuan is also a primary stop on the Delhi Ring Railway and will be the location of a Delhi Metro stop when construction is completed on the Connaught Place - Airport line.

Currently, Dhaula Kuan serves as a primary exchange point for multimodal travellers, and its importance is expected to grow as the Delhi Metro and Terminal 3 at Delhi Airport is constructed.

History

The name Dhaula Kuan, means white well in Hindi, (just as Dhaulagiri means white mountain), and refers to an ancient water well in the area that has white-colored sand. It has been speculated that the well was constructed by Shah Alam II, the nominal Mughal emperor of India in the 1761-1806 CE period, whose actual area of control spanned a...
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