Jinnah Road in heart of Ankara

The most important and posh area of the capital has a picture of Pakistan’s founding father installed in a frame at the start of the largest road. The Cinnah Caddesi is a major road located in the heart of Ankara, the capital of Turkey. It is one of the most important arteries of traffic and commerce in the city. It was dedicated to, and named after, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. In Turkish language, Jinnah is spelled as ‘Cinnah’.

The Cinnah Caddesi is a large road that is located in an important commercial and political district of the Turkish capital. Planned and constructed as an all-weather, concrete road with multiple lanes, its course is surrounded by high-rise buildings, residential complexes and public places such as parks and other large roads. Many smaller roads and lanes connect traffic to it. Offices of many important banks, corporations, commercial shops and other private institutions are located in buildings on either side of the road. Also based along the road are government offices and embassies of foreign nations, including India and Canada. There are several residential buildings along its route, which are high-priced owing to their location in the heart of the city. The road has suffered from chronic traffic congestion and inclement weather as well as damage from earthquakes. As of July 28, 2006, Cinnah Caddesi was transformed into a one-way road with an aim of reducing congestion. This change has caused major alterations in traffic patterns and transportation across Ankara. As of September 2006, the base of Cinnah Caddesi was involved in a major construction project, cutting it off from rest of Ankara.

 Following its construction during the urban development of Ankara, the Turkish authorities dedicated it to the founding leader of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. As a progressive Muslim leader, Jinnah was known as a great admirer of Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal, sharing his attitudes on modernization.

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