Batala Colony

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Batala Colony is an area in southern Faisalabad, Pakistan. It comprises a posh residential area with various educational institutes, parks and markets. The famous Satyana Road passes through Batala Colony which is the second biggest jewellery market of the city.

Location[edit]

Batala Colony is located between Peoples Colony No. 1 and Peoples Colony No. 2 and the Main Bluebeard road connecting both of them is passing dividing Batala Colony into 2 parts. Thus its location got a very important role in southern Faisalabad.

  1. Peoples Colony No 1 is located in the North-East
  2. Sohail abad and Sharif pura are located in the North-West
  3. Gulbhar Colony and Garden Colony are located in the South-East
  4. Peoples Colony No 2 is located in the South-West

History[edit]

Before settlement the area was originally used as orange plantations.

Batala Colony was established in the early 1950s by the Gurdaspur Mohajereen Society. It was originally gated and the standard plot sizes were 8 kanal along Satyana Road, 4 kanal, 2 kanal and 1 kanal along the main road and 15 and 7.7 marla on the inner residential roads. The plots were allotted originally and the buyers had the option of paying in quarterly installments as well. The green belt which runs in the middle of the main road was walled and gated originally with swings and slides. It was tree lined and was at the same level as the main road however in 1998 the road was rebuilt at a higher level. Originally the area was intended for residential purposes.

Although the colony was built at around the same time as Gulberg and Jinnah Colony, the rate of development was slow as the area was further away from already established pre-partition areas. By the 1970s majority of the plots had been constructed upon. There was a dispute with vegetable and meat vendors at the same who had illegally occupied the green belt from Satyana Road to Hameed Chowk. The vendors were subsequently removed.

By the late 1990s the area remained mainly residential with a few schools and colleges along the main road. The price along the main road was about 1.5 lakhs per marla at that time. Mass commercialization took place in the mid 2000s. This was influenced by a number of factors including the increased demand for land for traders who had moved to the area after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. The price of the land increased exponentially during this period and plazas, CNG stations and more educational institutes were built as a result. To provide parking for these, the green belt in the center of the main road was also developed although the green belt after Hameed Chowk is still to be developed.

Saeed Ahmad Khan was the founder of Batala Colony, who's tomb was built at the back side of Madani Mosque.

Important Places[edit]

Education[edit]

  • Punjab Group of Colleges, Batala Colony
  • Tips Colleges of Commerce, Batala Colony
  • Allied School System, Batala Colony
  • Chanab School System, Batala Colony
  • Eastern High School, Batala Colony
  • Govt. Middle School for Boys, Batala Colony
  • Govt. Middle School for Girls, Batala Colony

Health[edit]

  • Aqsa Trust Hospital, Batala Colony
  • Ar-Razi Hospital, Batala Colony
  • Rabia Trust Hospital, Batala Colony
  • Clinic Dr Muhammad Shahbaz Humayoun (Homeo Specialist)
  • Clinic Dr Naveed Saqid (Child Specialist)
  • Clinic Dr Muhammad Tahir (Child Specialist)
  • Clinic Dr Afsar Ali Khan
  • Saad Surgimed Hospital

Parks[edit]

  • Aqsa Park, Batala Colony
  • Ghazali Park, Batala Colony
  • Madani Park, Batala Colony

Markets[edit]

  • There are several markets located besides both of Satyana Road at North-East side and the Main Beluward Road passing between the colony.

Mosques[edit]

  • Madani Mosque, Batala Colony (Ahl-us-Sunnah)
  • Masjid Aqsa, Batala Colony (Ahl-e-Hadith)

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 31°23′58.26″N 73°06′1.49″E / 31.3995167°N 73.1004139°E / 31.3995167; 73.1004139