Q. Which of the following statements is/are correct about Harappan town planning?
1.The main street being ten metres wide and dividing the town into rectangular and square blocks.
2.The streets have lamp posts at regular intervals.
3.They used dry bricks across all Harappan structures.
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Explanation: Distinguishing aspects of Harappan town planning are as follows:
- The streets were wide, the main street being ten metres wide and dividing the town into rectangular and square blocks.
- There were lampposts at intervals. They used burnt bricks of good quality, and the unique feature of this brick was its identical ratio of 1:2:4 in terms of thickness: width: length across all Harappan structures.
- Equally striking was the uniformity in the average size of bricks — 7 × 14 × 28 cm3 for houses and 10 × 20 × 40 cm for city walls.
- They had an excellent drainage system — drains were made of mortar, lime and gypsum and covered with large brick slabs for easy cleaning.
- Houses were often of two or more storeys, though varied in size but quite monotonous.
- No window faced the streets and the houses had tiled bathrooms. Some houses had their own wells.
Source: Poonam Dahiya