Ghaziabad is a large and developing city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This city comes under the National Capital Region (NCR). Ghaziabad is often referred to as the Gateway to the state of Uttar Pradesh because of its proximity to New Delhi. This fast-growing city has a population of more than 2 million. The city was founded in 1740 by Wazir Ghazi-ud-din. He named it ?Ghaziuddinnagar? after himself. A large area in Ghaziabad, especially the banks of the Hindon river, used to be a picnic spot for the royal family during the Mughal period. The city has two divisions that are separated by the Hindon River: the Trans-Hindon region on the west and the Cis-Hindon region on the east. It has turned into a major industrial and commercial hub of western Uttar Pradesh. The industrial growth in Ghaziabad took off soon after independence when a number of steel manufacturing units opened in the area. Electronics industry followed and a lot more major industrial houses set up their manufacturing units in Ghaziabad.
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