"Lyallpur AKA Faisalabad" Faisalabad by explore_discover

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Faisalabad is called Manchester of Pakistan. 3rd Largest City with population over 2.6 Million. It is having a lot of Textile and other mills.It is famous for its eight bazars. Faisalabad is an industrial city of Pakistan, Situated 225-miles (360 kilometers) south of the capital Islamabad. The city is linked to M-2 motorway (Islamabad-Lahore motorway) with M-3 motorway section (Pindi-Bhattian-Faisalabad motorway). Faisalabad (Formerly Lyallpur) is a road and railway junction, which lies in an area watered by the Lower Chenab Canal. Cotton, wheat, vegetables, and fruits are grown there and the city is also an industrial centre with railway-repair yards, engineering works, and mills that process sugar, flour, and oil seed. Produce includes super phosphates, cotton and silk textiles, hosiery, dyes, agricultural equipment, and ghee (clarified butter). Faisalabad is the site of the University of Agriculture, founded in 1909.

The city was founded by the British Governor General To Punjab Sir James Lyall for whom it was originally named Lyallpur. Prior to the British making the area into an urban center, it largely consisted of various villages. However, the construction of various canals allowed the area to be irrigated. After the founding of the city, people were invited to the city with promises of land if they were to work it. This allowed the city to grow rapidly. In 1977 city was renamed Faisalabad in honor of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia who had been assassinated.

  • Last visit to Faisalabad: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 6, 2007
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