Bounded by the River Yamuna in the West, East Delhi is also known as “Trans Yamuna”. It is bordered in east and south-east by Noida and Ghaziabad districts of Uttar Pradesh, by South-East District in west and Shahdara district in north.
East Delhi is mainly divided into three subdivisions – Preet Vihar, Gandhi Nagar and Vivek Vihar.
East Delhi is seen as one of the most populated areas of Delhi where people of all religion, caste and creed live in a large number. It is not wrong to say that the district has been inhabited largely by migrants from various parts of India and neighboring countries, especially Bangladesh, since many decades who built their homes that embarked the growth in population of this zone. It has seen a rise in population during the period between 1980 and 1990.
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Area and Population
With having a population of 1,707,725 as per 2011 Census data, the district is one of the highly populated ones in Delhi. East Delhi has been the witnessed of massive traffic jams due to narrow roads but after 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, the district has seen a major transformation with many flyovers and wider roads constructed to ease the traffic. With passing years, the district has changed a lot making a mix of both old and modern Delhi. Transportation system in East Delhi has also improved a lot.
The old iron bridge (Lohewala pul) which was built during the British period connects East Delhi with North and Central Delhi through the ‘pushta road’. While there used to be Yamuna river bed on one side of this road which is now home to Akshardham Temple and the Commonwealth Games Village, the other side had densely populated areas of Jheel, Geeta Colony and Gandhi Nagar.
There are few bridges as well that connect East to North Delhi. The “Signature Bridge” at Wazirabad provides seemless connectivity between North and East Delhi. The metro “red” line service connects East Delhi with various other parts of Delhi.
There are certain areas or location in East Delhi where one can easily find a majority of people of one particular community. A large number of Bengalis and Christians live in Mayur Vihar Phase I and II whereas Mayur Vihar Phase III has a good population of South Indians. On the other hand, areas like Seelampur and Geeta Colony have been dominated by Muslims and Sikhs & Punjabi respectively. Many colleges of Delhi University and IP University are located in this district.
Anand Vihar ISBT
The district has Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminal, also called Swami Vivekanand ISBT. This was created in 1993 and operations began in 1996. This is used to operate bus services to Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, reducing the burden on Kashmere Gate ISBT.
Anand Vihar ISBT is close to Anand Vihar railway station and there is also a Metro Rail connectivity at Anand Vihar station.
Pink and Blue lines of Delhi provide connectivity to some areas of this district. Red Line also serves areas in northern part of this district.
The Delhi-Meerut Expressway passes through this district to connect Delhi Sarai Kale Khan with Meerut in western UP.
There is also a Noida Link road which connects Akshardham temple to Noida sectors.
Places of Interest
To spend a great time in East Delhi, visitors can go to some of the places that include:
- Akshardham Temple
- Sanjay Lake
- Lal Quater Market, Krishna Nagar
- Gandhi Nagar Market
- Laxmi Nagar Market
- Cross River Mall
- V3S Mall
- Yamuna Sports Complex
- Shiv and Mata Mandir at Preet Vihar
- Aggarwal Fun City Mall
- East Delhi Mall (EDM)
Major Areas in East Delhi are:
- Preet Vihar,
- Vivek Vihar,
- Mayur Vihar,
- Lakshmi Nagar
- Gandhi Nagar
- Krishna Nagar
- Trilok Puri
- West and East Vinod Nagar
- Yojana Vihar
- Nirman Vihar
- Pandav Nagar
- Khureji Khas
- Geeta Colony
- Dayanand Vihar
- Ganesh Nagar
Major Hospitals located in East Delhi
- Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital (or GTBH or GTB Hospital) located ta Dilshad Garden
- Delhi State Cancer Institute
- Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS)
- Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital Khichri Pur, New Delhi-91
- Max Super Specialty Hospital, Patparganj, New Delhi