Posted on: 28 May 2014

Photo Feature:
When New Delhi was new: archival images of the Capital under construction.

Rare images of Delhi's great buildings taking shape.

Delhi is in flux this week as new ministers settle into offices in North and South Block and move into their stately bungalows. The buildings they occupy seem so monumental, it's sometimes difficult to remember that they were built only 80 years ago.

Though King George V announced in 1911 that the capital would be shifted to Delhi from Kolkata, it was only in 1931 that British architect Edwin Lutyens inaugurated the city's government buildings.

Here are rare glimpses of the new city taking shape...

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Courtesy of Priya Kapoor's page.

Under construction, during WW1 . Besides construction jobs in Delhi, lots of recruitment for foot-soldier jobs in Europe, these years. India in 1914 - Article on Page 24 in PDF here, may interest some -> ( )