Roorkee is a city and seat of a municipal council
Municipal council
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 in Uttarakhand
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, in far northern India
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. It is located on the banks of the Ganges canal on the national highway
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 between Delhi and Dehradun. Roorkee is known for Roorkee Cantonment
Roorkee Cantonment
Roorkee Cantonment is a cantonment town, in Roorkee, Haridwar district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and is one of country's oldest cantonments established in 1853, and the headquarters of Bengal Engineer Group since 1853.-History:...

, one of the country's oldest cantonments, and the headquarters of Bengal Engineer Group
Bengal Engineer Group
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 (Bengal Sappers) since 1853. The renowned engineering college IIT Roorkee is located in this town.
According to one story, Roorkee derives its name from Rurimadi imran, the wife of some local Rajput chieftain.