Rama Krishna Puram

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Ramakrishna Puram popularly known as R.K. Puram, is a Central Government Employees residential colony in South West Delhi named after the saint Sri Ramakrishna.

History[edit]

Map of Delhi showing location of R. K. Puram

It was built in the second phase of extension of New Delhi, there is a housing complex named ramakrishna puram too at north kolkata, MNK road. Construction of R K Puram started in the late 1950s by acquiring land from Munirka farmers. Developed by CPWD to south-West of Central Secretariat, its development continued till the 1970s, when R. K. Puram was established. It mostly contains double-storeyed housing blocks, with 2-3 bedrooms apartments for central government officers. Some high-rise apartment blocks like Nivedita Kunj for senior officers were added in the 1980s. Gradually markets were added in each pocket, and schools and places of worship were also built. Today the area also house several houses of Government of India.[1]

Overview[edit]

It is one of the oldest and larger developments in Delhi built for housing Central Government employees. It is roughly rectangular, enclosed by Ring Road to the north, Outer Ring Road to the south facing Vasant Vihar, Rao Tula Ram Marg to the west and Africa Avenue to the east. The north-eastern corner of this area is a separate commercial centre called Madam Bhikaji Cama Place.

It is subdivided into 13 "Sectors" which are named numerically from 1 to 13. Sector-13 is the only sector located on the other side of the Ring Road. Surprisingly, RK Puram does not have a Sector-11. All the sectors are characterised by wide colony roads, sprinkling of parks/common areas, excellent greenery and decent street lighting.

RK Puram also has its fair share of religious places including Ayyappa Temple in Sector-1, St Thomas Church in Sector - 2, famed Yoga Centre named Shri Siddha Gufa Yog Shikshan Kendra and Jain Mandir in Sector - 4, Malai Mandir and Kali Bari temple in Sector - 7 and Venketeswer Temple, Masjid Haji Langa in Sector-3. Apart from these, there are a number of temples, mosques and churches sprinkled across this area.

Landmarks[edit]

The area includes a number of important landmarks - Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 8, R.K Puram, Kerala School, Delhi in Sector-8, Rock Garden - Sector-7, Hope Hall Foundation School in Sector 7, Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram in Sector 12, Sangam Cinema hall and D.A.V. Public School in Sector-9, Karnataka Bhavan - Sector-12, National Association Blind School and Tamil Sangam in Sector-5, Ramjas School, R. K. Puram and Delhi Tamil Education Association Senior Secondary Schools {D.T.E.A} in Sector-4, Lal Bhadur Shastri School in Sector-3, Electronics shopping centre in Sector-6 (Mohan Singh Market), Malai Mandir in Sector-7 are a few of them.

Each sector has an allocated space for a Market complex comprising multiple shops. Some of the prominent market complexes are:

- Sector 8 market - Famous for Supreme Bakery and a host of other shops ranging from mobile shops to departmental stores
- Sector 9 market
- Sector 12 market
- Sector 6, Mohan Singh market - Famous electronics shopping center
- Sector 1 market - famous for its chemist shops

R. K. Puram is also famous for its two weekly markets. The Friday Market happens every Friday on the road connecting the Office Complex outside Sector-1 and Mohammadpur. The Sunday Market which takes place every Sunday takes up the entire road between Sector-6 and Sector-7. Both markets host stalls of all kinds including fruits and vegetables, spices, clothes, leather goods, kitchen utilities and so on. Prices are totally negotiable and customers bargaining with vendors have become a common sight. The weekly markets attract large crowds most of them belonging to the middle and lower classes.

Connectivity[edit]

R. K. Puram is well connected to different parts of the city by buses of the Delhi Transport Corporation. Most common routes through R K Puram include:

- 623 from Vasant Vihar to Shahdara, 
- 544 from Sector-1 R. K. Puram to Badarpur, 
- 578 from Safdarung Terminal to Najafgarh
- 727 from Palam Gaon to JN Stadium
- 764 from Nehru Place to Najafgarh, 
- 680 from Ambedkar Nagar to Central Secretariat, 
- 711 from Janakpuri to Sarai Kale Khan, 
- 611 from Dhaula Kuan to Mayur Vihar, 
- 604 from Vasant Kunj to New Delhi Railway Station 
- 621 from Purvanchal Hostel to Mori Gate 
- 620 from Hauz Khas to Shivaji Stadium.

- 623A from Vasant Vihar to Anand Vihar Bus Terminal.

The Mudrika Bus ServiceMudrika Bus Service is available on the Ring Road, while the Outer Mudrika Bus Service passes through R. K. Puram. A special bus service also plies from Sector-1 R. K. Puram to Gurgaon.


R. K. Puram currently does not lie on any of the current Delhi Metro routes. The nearest stations are AIIMS, Hauz Khas or Dhaula Kuan. Once the Phase III of the Delhi Metro gets completed, R. K. Puram will lie on the Janakpuri-Botanical Gardens line with a station at Munirka and on the Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar line with a station at Bhikaji Cama Place and Moti Bagh station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Viswambhar Nath (2007). "Delhi Before 1947". Urbanization, urban development, and metropolitan cities in India. Concept Publishing Company. p. 248. ISBN 81-8069-412-7. 

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