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Neighbourhood of Delhi
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Lajpat Nagar is a residential and commercial neighbourhood of the South Delhi district of Delhi. It is named in honour of Lala Lajpat Rai, also known the Lion of Punjab, and is today most known for the Lajpat Nagar Central Market. This are is not to be confused with the Lajpat Nagar in Ghaziabad in the NCR region.
The area is divided into four parts: Lajpat Nagar I, II, III (north of the Ring Road) and IV (south of the Ring Road). Housing colonies like Amar Colony, Dayanand Colony, Double Storey (also known as Nirmal Puri), National Park and Vikram Vihar are also located in it. Lajpat Nagar is famous for its Central Market, a popular shopping destination, and also is known for the garments and textiles which are sold there.
Lajpat Nagar was developed in 1950s and most of its early residents were Hindus and Sikhs moving east from newly formed Pakistan following the partition of India in 1947. As such, many of these individuals are Multanis and Sindhis.. One part of Lajpat Nagar IV (Dayanand Colony) was named after Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati, by Mr. B.N. Puri in 1957.
Initially refugee camps were set up in Purana Quila, and refugees were allotted plots in areas like Lajpat Nagar, Patel Nagar, Rajendra Nagar. The plots were of 15x60 feet constructed like army barracks. The houses were all single storey, with asbestos roofs, in the beginning, but now most of the houses are multi-storeyed in this neighbourhood.
The colony also housed a refugee camp for Bengali widows, during the Bangladesh Liberation War, known as Kasturba Ashram. In 1960, Servants of the People Society (founded by Lala Lajpat Rai in 1921 in Lahore) after functioning for many years since Partition of India, shifted from the residence of MP Lala Achint Ram to a new building known as Lajpat Bhawan.
In the recent years, Lajpat Nagar has become a preferred residential neighbourhood for tourists and certain refugees from various countries, including Afghanistan, who often travel to New Delhi as medical tourists, owing to the presence of affordable quality health care in the capital. It is common to see individuals from different parts of India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and many African countries in this neighbourhood.
Lajpat Nagar is well connected by Delhi Transport Corporation bus services and the Delhi Mass Rapid Transit System. Route number 543 connects Anand Vihar in East Delhi to Lajpat Nagar, and Teevr Mudrika connects Lajpat Nagar to Rohini in North Delhi and Punjabi Bagh in West Delhi. The Lajpat Nagar Station of the Delhi Metro has elevated platforms lying on Delhi Metro’s Violet Line and underground platforms on Delhi Metro's Pink Line. The station was opened to public in 2010 along with the first section of the Violet Line. A new underpass connection has been opened in 2014 below Defence Colony-Lajpat Nagar flyover between Lajpat Nagar and Jangpura for easy access to areas like Jangpura Extension, Bhogal and Nizamuddin. The area is also connected to the Delhi Suburban Railway with the Lajpat Nagar railway station
- Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) is 23 km from Lajpat Nagar.
- 15 minutes from Central Secretariat (Delhi Metro) station via the Delhi Metro
- 5 Minutes from Kalkaji via Nehru Place station Delhi Metro
- 15 minutes from Sarita Vihar (Delhi Metro) station via the Delhi Metro
- 15 minutes from Nizamuddin Railway Station
- 35 minutes from New Delhi Railway Station
- 10 minutes from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
- 25 minutes from Connaught Place via Rajiv Chowk station Delhi Metro.
- 10 minutes from Kalka Mandir metro station via Delhi Metro.
Lajpat Nagar is home to a large Punjabi community that is featured in multiple movies.
- In the movie Do Dooni Chaar (2010),directed by Habib Faisal, the Duggal family house is located in Vinoba Puri, Lajpat Nagar.
- Portions of the movie Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), directed by Dibakar Banerjee, were filmed in Lajpat Nagar.
- In the movie Cocktail (2012 film), the character Kavita Kapoor, played by Dimple Kapadia), is from Lajpat Nagar.
- Movie Vicky Donor (2012 film), directed by Shoojit Sircar, was based out of Lajpat Nagar
- "6 Saree Shops You Should Absolutely Checkout For Wedding Shopping in Lajpat Nagar".
- Sharma, Mohit (24 April 2014). "The Afghan trail". Millennium Post. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
It is transforming an identity which once was dominated by migrated refugees (Multanis and Sindhis) from Pakistan after Partition.
- "Head Office". Servants of the People Society. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- "Lajpat Nagar New Delhi and Indira Gandhi International Airport By Road". www.roaddistance.in.