INDUS VALLEY-URBAN PLANNING

Town planning is the unique feature of Indus valley civilization. Their town planning proves that they lived a highly civilized and developed life.

  • Indus people were the first to build planned cities with scientific drainage system.
  • The Indus cities were built on an uniform plan.

Town Planning of Indus Valley Civilization

Streets

  • The streets were straight and cut each other at right angles.
  • The streets and roads divided the city into rectangular blocks.
  • Lamp posts & dustbins were provided on the streets.

Drainage System 

  • Excellent closed drainage system was present.
  • Each house had its own drainage and soak pit which was connected to the public drainage. Brick laid channels flowed through every street.

The Great Bath

The most striking feature in Mohenjodaro is the Great Bath. It has a flight of steps at either end and is fed by a well, situated in one of the adjoining rooms. The water was discharged by a huge drain with corbelled roof more than 6 ft in depth.

Granaries

The largest building in Mohenjodaro is granary. These granaries safely stored the grains, which were probably collected as revenue or store houses to be used in emergencies.

Buildings

People of Indus valley civilization built houses and other buildings by the side of roads. They built terraced houses of burnt bricks. Every house had two or more rooms. There were also more than one storied houses.

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