Located on the Red Line of the Delhi Metro, the Pul Bangash Metro Station has been named after the first nawab of Farrukhabad, Muhammad Khan Bangash. Farrukhabad is situated on the banks of River Ganga in the state of Uttar Pradesh, around 340 km from Delhi and around 200 km from Lucknow.
Pul Bangash or the bridge of Bangash was built in the 18th century over one of the branches of the Ali Mardan canal. During the rule of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, a canal drawing water from River Yamuna was constructed in the 17th century. It was named after architect-builder Ali Mardan Khan. However, with the decline of Mughal rule, the canal dried up.
The Bangash is a well-known tribe from east Afghanistan. Muhammad Khan Bangash (1665-1743) was a descendant of this tribe. He was an ally of the Mughal emperor Farrukhsiyar and his successor Muhammad Shah “Rangila”. Being friendly with the Mughal emperors, he held quite some influence in Delhi. It is said that his wife Rabia Begum got the Pul Bangash bridge built over a branch of the Ali Mardan canal. She was also responsible for the construction of Kamra Bangash (a haveli in Bazar Mir Khan; on the present-day road running straight from Matia Mahal to Delhi Gate) and Sarai Bangash (an inn near Fatehpuri Masjid).