|The Mall, Shimla. en.wikipedia.org|
The Mall Road is an important landmark of Shimla, now the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. During the colonial period, it was the summer capital of the Raj and countless European families used to make a beeline to this hill town (now a city) nestled in a quiet mountainous area to beat the heat waves and hot sun on the plains. Constructed during British colonial rule, the Mall road is located a level below the ridge and here are located the offices of municipal corporation, fire service, and police headquarters, etc. It is a heaven for tourists and locals who can comfortably walk on the wall and go shopping because except emergency vehicles, other vehicles are prohibited. No air pollution, no din and noise from passing vehicles.
On the Mall road are available native handicrafts items, woolen clothes, etc., in addition, there are department stores, shops, restaurants and cafes.
Though British India was governed from Shimla during the summer months, Shimla itself was governed by the Municipal Board. Established in December 1851, the Board was a powerful body that oversaw everything from water-supply, sanitation, taxation, road-building, lighting and traffic regulation..
By-law"1. No person shall take, keep, or use an elephant or camel in any place within Municipal limits without the previous sanction of the President or Secretary of the Municipal Committee.
By-law 3. No cattle, sheep, goats or pigs and no mules or other animals used for draught or burden shall be permitted in the roads and streets specified as prohibited in the second schedule annexed to these rules.
By-law 5. From the 15th March to the 15th October, both days inclusive, and between the hours of 4pm and 8pm, no job porter or coolie shall solicit employment, loiter, or carry any load in any street mentioned in the first schedule annexed to these rules.
By-law 6. No person shall solicit alms, or expose or exhibit any sore, wound, bodily ailment or deformity in any street with the object of exciting charity or obtaining alms."
It caused indignation and anger among some Committee members.
The following are the important landmarks on The Mall or near the Mall:
|Shimla: Sandal point view from the ridge en.wikipedia.org.|
|he Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex,Shimla|
Above image: Gaiety Theater, located on the Mall, was opened on 30 May 1887. Many popular film personalities have performed on its stage.In the colonial days, many English dramas were staged here
|Kali Bari Hindu temple shimla.TripAdvisor|
|Shimla: Municipal corp. building ,en.wikipedia|
Above image: Municipal corporation building.. Constructed in 1908 in the half-timbered Tudor style-all-wooden frames and shingled eaves, currently houses the Shimla Municipal Corporation. It is a typical Raj-era building, highlighting the essence of Tudor elements
Restoration work was going on Its exteriors and interiors would be refurbished by polishing and repairing the stonework. The windows and rooftops would be replaced and the Gothic facade would be improved.