M. M. Alam Road

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M M Alam Road
MM Alam Road 5.jpg
Location Lahore
From Main Market, Gulberg
Major
junctions
Hussain Chowk
Mini Market Roundabout
To Firdous Market, Gulberg

M. M. Alam road is a major road in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan named in honour of flying ace of Pakistan Air Force, Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam. It runs from Main Market to Firdous Market in Gulberg. The road runs parallel to famous Main Boulevard thus providing an alternate route and is a commercial hub with many restaurants, fashion boutiques, shopping malls, beauty saloons and décor stores. In contrast with Food Street in Gawalmandi, which is located in old city and is considered a budget dine out, M.M. Alam road hosts a variety of flamboyant restaurants in modern Lahore.[1] A long delayed remodeling project of the road was launched in 2011 with a budget of PKR 250 million.[2]

History[edit]

The road is named after flying ace of Pakistan Air Force, Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam who was the recipient of the Pakistani military decoration, the Sitara-e-Jurrat (The star of courage) and a bar to it for his dog fight during the Indo Pakistan War of 1965 when he downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute, the first four within 30 seconds, establishing a world record.[3][4][5][6]

It used to be a residential area, which quickly became commercial with the opening up of many private schools and later fashion studios and international and national restaurants such as KFC, Nandos and Pizza Hut. It has been renovated to cope with the heavy traffic and night life of the area.

Rehabilitation of MM Alam Road[edit]

Widening and rehabilitation of the road project initiated by Punjab Government started in November, 2012 and was completed in March 2013. Habib Construction Services as contractor awarded the project by the client TEPA, LDA.[7]

Popular franchises[edit]

Shopping malls[edit]

MM Alam Road
  • Vogue Towers with a cineplex (coming soon) and a big food court.
  • Ali tower with fashion studios, boutiques and McDonald's.
  • Park plaza hotel and mall.
  • Pace mall with a good restaurant karachi BBQ, indoor kids theme park and a grocery store.
  • Regency plaza.
  • 9-Arches Shopping Arcade Opening in October 2014.

Leather products and garments[edit]

  • Traditions Leather

Bakeries and cafés[edit]

Restaurants[edit]

MM Alam Road

Other[edit]

  • Borjan[8]
  • Servis Store
  • Bata Store
  • Levi Strauss
  • HEC
  • Style Look Mag
  • SAMS (SKIN ANALYSIS HEALTH & BEAUTY MEDICAL SPA & GYM) Off M.M Alam Rd.
  • OLYMPIC POOL - Off M.M Alam Rd.
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Fashion Lounge PFDC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haq, Shahram. "Urban planning: MM Alam Road to be heart of new business district – The Express Tribune". Tribune.com.pk. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  2. ^ "MM Alam Road Remodelling Project finally ready for kick-off". Pakistan Today. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "EVENTS - M M ALAM'S F-86". Pakistan: Pakistan Air Force (official website). Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Air Cdre M Kaiser Tufail. "Alam’s Speed-shooting Classic". Defencejournal.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  5. ^ Fricker, John. Battle for Pakistan: the air war of 1965. pp. 15–17. before we had completed more than of about 270 degree of the turn, at around 12 degree per second, all four hunters had been shot down ... My fifth victim of this sortie started spewing smoke and then rolled on to his back at about 1000 feet. 
  6. ^ Polmar, Norman; Bell, Dana (2003). One hundred years of world military aircraft. Naval Institute Press. p. 354. ISBN 978-1-59114-686-5. Mohammed Mahmood Alam claimed five victories against Indian Air Force Hawker Hunters, four of them in less than one minute! Alam, who ended the conflict with 11 kills, became history's only jet "ace-in-a-day." 
  7. ^ Habib Construction Services Completed Projects
  8. ^ "Borjan launches its flagship outlet on MM Alam Road". Pakistan Today. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.