Janakpuri

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Janakpuri
जनकपुरी
Janak Puri
Suburb
District Center, Near Hilton Janakpuri
District Center, Near Hilton Janakpuri
Janakpuri is located in India
Janakpuri
Janakpuri
Location in India
Coordinates: 28°37′12″N 77°5′40″E / 28.62000°N 77.09444°E / 28.62000; 77.09444Coordinates: 28°37′12″N 77°5′40″E / 28.62000°N 77.09444°E / 28.62000; 77.09444
Country  India
State Delhi
Government
 • Body DDA
Population
 • Total 1,000,000 - Including Village and Cooperative Housing societies
Languages
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 110058
Telephone code 011
Lok Sabha constituency West Delhi
Vidhan Sabha constituency Janakpuri
Civic agency DDA

Janakpuri is a major residential colony in West Delhi, India which is one of the most well planned and affluent areas of West Delhi popular for big sized luxury villas and residential plots. The area started to develop in the 1970s. In recent years it has gained good popularity with residents of West Delhi for it houses the commercial complex of District Centre along with various government offices and other businesses. Its one of the most peaceful and calm residential areas of Delhi and is also known as Colony of Parks.

Present geographical structure of Janakpuri constituency came into existence in 2008 as a part of the implementation of the recommendations of the Delimitation Commission of India constituted in 2002.

Janakpuri is part of West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency along with nine other Vidhan Sabha segments, namely, Madipur, Rajouri Garden, Hari Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri, Dwarka, Matiala and Najafgarh.

Planning and Location[edit]

It is divided into four major properly structured blocks namely A,B,C and D which are then divided into sub-blocks e.g. A1, A2, A3, B, C1, C-2, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-4-A, C-4-D, C-5-A,C-5-B,C-5-C, C-6-A,C-6-B ., B block is the only block to have dual alphabet blocks - BA, BB, BC, BD, BE and BF. It is one of the biggest planned residential colonies in Asia and consists of both DDA flats and private houses (Kothis). Janakpuri shares its boundaries with Tilak Nagar, Fateh Nagar, Virender Nagar, Najafgarh Road (Shivaji Marg), Pankha Road,Dabri Mode, Lajwanti Garden, Vishnu Garden, Station Road (Cariappa Marg), and Delhi Cantonment.

Indira Gandhi International and Domestic Airports are approximately 20 km distance and by taxi it takes approximately 30 mins.

Etymology[edit]

The name Janakpuri is also used to describe the Kingdom of Janaka, i.e. Mithila, whose daughter Sita married Lord Rama of Ramayana.

Markets[edit]

All the blocks of Janakpuri have at least one shopping center. Traditionally, the more popular markets in Janakpuri have been the C-4-E market and the B-1 super market. Lately, "The District Center" (near the B-1 periphery and Janakpuri West Metro Station) with its cinema multiplex, (multi-storeyed shopping-cum-office complexes, restaurants, book shops, fast-food outlets, gift stores, brand showrooms and a 5-star Hotel Hilton has emerged to become a prominent commercial hub in West Delhi. Dilli Haat is now open in C-Block behind the Hari Nagar Depot. The Hilton New Delhi / Janakpuri has been renamed as The Piccadilly New Delhi & offers a selection of local & international cuisine as well as a well-stocked bar & a tea lounge.

There are lots of grocery stores like Reliance Fresh, Aggarwal Supermart, Budget Bazaar etc.

Janakpuri hosts weekly produce markets at various locations each day of the week. On Wednesdays the weekly market is located on the road between A1 and A2 Blocks. The Friday market is between B1 and B3 Block, Saturday market is on the C4 Block road. Sunday Market in on the D-Block Road. "Chhoti Sabzi Mandi" in B-Block is a big one-stop market for purchasing milk products, fruits and vegetables etc. whereas Possangi Pur market near District-Center is famous for buying things of everyday uses at whole-sale rates.

Education[edit]

Janakpuri has a number of educational centers like IMT CDL Ghaziabad Study Centre, Vidya Mandir Classes,Duggal Institute (Raghu Nagar) Narayana IIT Academy, Sri Chaitanya etc. Many schools are there in Janakpuri for example St. Marks Sr. Sec. Public School, St. Francis de Sales, Kendriya Vidyalaya, D.T.E.A. Senior Secondary School, Modern Era Convent, Indira Ideal Sr. Sec. Public School, Sumermal Jain Public School, Mira Model School, The Lawrence Public School, Happy Model School, Rainbow School etc. and couple of Government Schools in each block. There are colleges present in the C4 block area including Bharti college, affiliated to Delhi University and Maharaja Surajmal College of Surajmal Memorial Education Society, affiliated to Guru Gobond Singh University. It has suvidha education centre, which actually is an enquiry office.

Places of worship[edit]

Janakpuri has a number of active and vibrant temples, gurdwaras, Churches and other places of worship. Some of the more prominent places of worship are the Kripa Dham Shri Ram Ji Prem Ji Sharma - Ram Ji Ram Ram, Jai Mata Di Mandir - Smt Pavitra Sharma Ji, the Sri Rajarajeshwari temple, the St. Gregorios Church, Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabhas at Narang Colony, A1, A2, B1, B2, C2, C4, D- Block are present, the Ganesh Mandir and the Evangelical Church of India. One cannot go past the Kripa Dham without hearing the musical chanting of "Ram Ji Ram Ram". Shri Laxmi Narain Mandir A-3, Block Janak Puri is one of the biggest and oldest temple in Janak Puri. C Block Arya Samaj Mandir PhysioTherapy Centre, Homeopathy Clinic and a library are run by the committee. Sanatan Dharm mandir C2 block temple is famous for Kirtans every Thursday. Besides this, the B Block also has a very famous Mandir known as Raman Vihari Goudiya Math.

Business[edit]

District Center near the Janakpuri West Metro Station is the main center for the commercial activities. Many leading IT companies including CMC, Private banks, PSU Banks, Oil and Gas Company Offices have their offices in the premises. Janakpuri is also home to the RTO (Regional Transport Office) for the West Delhi region.

Hospitals[edit]

Janakpuri has a strong network of public health services such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and pathological labs. Mata Channan Devi Hospital in C-1 is a multi-speciality tertiary hospital. Janakpuri is also served by the government-owned 640-bedded Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in Hari Nagar. Janakpuri Super Specialty Hospital is Delhi Govt. Hospital. It is envisaged to be a 300-bed Hospital in Janakpuri West Delhi, under Govt. of N.C.T. of Delhi and NCR with a view to provide Super Speciality level health care to people of Delhi and NCR. The Hospital has been constructed on an area of 8.82 acres. The Hospital was inaugurated by Honable Chief Minister,Delhi on 18 September 2008. At present the OPD services in Cardiology,Neurology,Nephrology and supportive services of Laboratory, Radiology, Speech therapy, Occupational and Physiotherapy are operational. The indoor Services will be commissioned shortly.

Public Parks[edit]

Janakpuri is popularly known as Colony of Parks and has close to 100 small, medium and large parks. Janakpuri is divided into blocks, each main block A, B, C and D have all large parks under DDA. B Block District Park is spread over 25 acres but C-Block District Park is spread over 15 acres . An estimated 10,000 people converge at B-Block and C-Block District parks for their morning walk between 4:30 am and 10:00 am every single day.

Generally in Janakpuri parks under DDA with small parks lying under jurisdiction of MCD.

Hotels[edit]

Janakpuri has one functioning 5 Star Deluxe Hotel, Piccadily, Janak Puri, (Earlier Name: Hilton, Janakpuri).

Other hotels in Janakpuri are:

  • Hotel D Presidente (B Block)
  • Hotel Shanti Home ( A Block)
  • Hotel Guru Regency (A Block)

Eating out, restaurants, coffee shops, dhabhas[edit]

  • District Center - McDonalds, Yo China, Pizza Hut, KFC, New Kadimi, Berco's, Delhi Durbar, Moti Mahal, Sanskriti, Barista, Gianis and many more.
  • C-Block -New Kadimi, The Food Nation Casual Dining A C sitting restaurant, Gianis, Agarwal Sweet Shop and many more. Center Point is a popular tiffin delivery service in the C4E market.
  • A-Block - China Hut, Oye Delhi, Gulati's etc.
  • B-Block - China Fort, Celebration, Cafe Coffee Day, Manjeet Chicken, Deepak Vaishnu, etc.
  • D-Block - Om sweets, Aggarwal Sweets,

Transportation[edit]

Janakpuri has a well-established transportation infrastructure. It is well connected with other parts of the state by buses that are operated by the Delhi Transport Corporation and private operators. A privately operated network of chartered buses transport people from almost all areas in Janakpuri to corporate offices in and around the National Capital Territory. In recent years, the Delhi Metro has grown at a rapid pace, with three metro-stations in Janakpuri (Uttam Nagar East, Janakpuri East and Janakpuri West) on the Dwarka-Noida line. It is of great service to the office-going and Delhi University commuters. Also, Under the third phase, Janak Puri will get a new underground station, Dabri Mor near the DDA Park in C2D Area, on the Janakpuri(W)- Botanical Garden Line is expected to be complete by 2016. The work on this line has already started!

Central Jail Of India[edit]

Janakpuri also houses India's biggest jail, Tihar jail.[1] Inside the jail, prisoners are taught various skills and manufacture products that are sold by Tihar Jail Trust.

Famous spots[edit]

In addition to District Center, the B-block market and the C4E market continue to be thriving markets in Janakpuri. The C4E market is renowned for its street food, from golgappas and momos, to aloo chaat and chowmein. The Dushera Maidan hosts the Ramlila and Dushera functions each year. Opposite the Dushera Maidan is the district park, which hosts the Sound & Light show.

After completion of Delhi Haat project site of Janak Puri will be more famous than it is at present in terms of tourist spot as well as for the local residents nearby to this beautiful and well maintained part of Delhi.

Famous Personalities[edit]

Jagdish Mukhi Sanjey Puri Sudhir Gupta Yogesh Sahni

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