Rama Krishna Puram

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Rama Krishna Puram
Neighbourhood
Country India
State Delhi
District South West Delhi
Metro New Delhi
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Planning agency Municipal Corporation of Delhi

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, it houses many high profile corporate houses.There are many educational institutions like Ramjas school,Blind school,Kendriya Vidyalaya Sec 8 & 2, Sarvodaya vidyalaya,etc.

History[edit]

Map of Delhi showing location of R. K. Puram

Rama Krishna Puram area was built in the second phase of extension of New Delhi. Construction of R K Puram started in the late 1950s by acquiring land from Munirka farmers. Developed by CPWD to south-West of Secretariat Building, 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. Som Vihar, named after Maj Som Nath Sharma, Pram Vir Chakra winner, came up in the mid-eighties as a cooperative housing society for defence forces officers under the aegis of the Army Welfare Housing Organisation, in what is sometimes referred to as Sector 10. Some high-rise apartment blocks like Nivedita Kunj for senior officers were added in the 1990s. 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]

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 and D.A.V. Public School in Sector-9, Delhi Karnataka Sangha- Sector-12, Karnataka Bank in Karnataka Sangha Building in Rao Tula Ram Marg in Sector-12,National Association Blind School and Tamil Sangam in Sector-5, Ramjas School, R. K. Puram, Delhi Tamil Education Association Senior Secondary Schools {D.T.E.A} and famed Yoga Centre named Shri Siddh Gufa Yoga Shikshan Kendra 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. Also, Sangam cinema hall is now renovated completely with two PVR multiplex screens and a range of restaurants. The complex alsos has a Starbucks outlet. The area also includes Kendriya Vidiyalaya RK Puram Sector 2 and Sector 4.

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 - With Sangam Complex (PVR and Starbucks)
  • Sector 12 market
  • Sector 6, Mohan Singh market - Famous electronics shopping centre
  • 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, 
- 511 from Badarpur MB road to dhaula kuan
- 448 from punjabi bagh to hamdard nagar
- 578 from Safdarung Terminal to Najafgarh
- 727 from Palam Gaon to JN Stadium
- 764 from Nehru Place to Najafgarh, 
- 680 from Ambedkar Nagar to Secretariat Building, New Delhi, 
- 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. 511 badarpur to dhaula kuwa 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 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 sarojini nagar, Bhikaji Cama Place and Moti Bagh station. Already construction work is going on and lot of work has been completed.

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.