M. M. Alam Road
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Muhammad Mahmood Alam Road (Urdu: سڑک محمد محمود عالم, Sarak-e-Muhammad Mahmood Alam), or more popularly known as M. M. Alam Road, is a major road in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan named in honour of the Pakistan Air Force flying ace, Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam. The road extends from Gulberg Main Market to Firdous Market in Gulberg, and runs parallel to Gulberg Boulevard thus providing an alternate route. The road hosts a variety of flamboyant restaurants, fashion boutiques, shopping malls, beauty saloons and décor stores. A long delayed remodeling project for the road was launched in 2011 with a budget of ₨250 million (US$1.8 million).
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. It used to be a residential area, which quickly became commercial with the opening up of many private schools and later fashion studios like Jafferjees 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.
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.
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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.
- 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."
- Habib Construction Services Completed Projects Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine