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Paschim Vihar is an upmarket residential colony in DelhiIndia. It comes under thePunjabi Bagh subzone of West Delhi. However there are a good lot of group housing societies, both DDA Flats and private societies. It is a relatively old area. The Outer Ring Road divides it into two parts. The East side has the pincode 110063 and is relatively older than the West side having the pincode 110087.
The east side comes under the Vidhan Sabha seat of Shakurbasti and the MLA is Mr. Shyam Lal Garg (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the east side comes under Nangloi Jat and the MLA is Dr. Bijender Singh (Indian National Congress. The area is divided into 4 wards: Paschim Vihar North and Paschim Vihar South cover the east side as well as Jwala Heri Village. Guru Harkishan Nagar and Peera Garhi that cover the west side as well as the Peera Garhi Village.
A large chunk of the population is Hindu and are Punjabis (Khatris, Aroras, Aggarwals) and Jats. However the relocatement camps (No. 4 and No.5) and nearby villages of Nangloi, Mangolpuri, and Sultanpuri have considerabe Muslim populations. Similarly Guru Harkishan Nagar on the West Side has a significant Sikh population.

History

Settlements here started around the late 1970s and 1980s, thus this is a relatively old and green area. The east side was ‘mostly’ developed by the DDA where blocks were A, B, and C-blocks were formed and plots were allotted along with flats in Group Housings. The west side is ‘mostly’ privately developed. Huge sects of land (over 7-70 acres each) were allotted by the DDA to private societies on both sides. These societies, then made roads (within their respective land) and erected other essential amenities by themselves and allotted plots to members. Most of the kothis (apart from the ones in A, B, and C-block) of the areas are in these colonies. Plot sizes here ranges from 164-500 square yards, with 200 being a common size. Post 2008, following a change in MCD rules, the concept of a builder floors here has really took off, where these bungalows are being converted to 4-floor building in which different floors accommodate different families as against other bungalows which are one-family dwellings. The land developed by DDA has no such bungalows or builder floors.

[edit]Colonies and societies

Noted apartment complexes include LIC Colony, Sunder Vihar, Meera Bagh,guru harkishan nagar, Behra Enclave,Supriya Apartments, Milansar Apartments, Mianwali Nagar, Cottage Enlcave Ambica Vihar, Sunshine Apartments, Manav Apartments, CA Apartments, Krishi Niketan, Ekta Apartments,State bank nagar,pushkar Enclave,reserve bank,Priyadarshni Apartments, Nivedita Enclave, Sahridaya Apartments, IFCI Colony CA, Triveni, Ritu, Anand Van Colony, Saakshara, Maitri, Balvinder, Shubh Niketan, Nav Bharat, Madhur Apartments, Venus Apartments, Lake View complexes, Shubham Enclave,Shanti Kunj, Gasta Housing Complex.The most posh residential block being A-1.

[edit]Surroundings

Paschim Vihar has a mixed lot of surroundings ranging from residential areas to commercial hubs and industrial units. On the eastern side lies Punjabi Bagh and Paschim Puri, on the Northern Side lies the Mangolpuri Inustrial Area (on western side) and vast tracts of barren land (on eastern side), on the Western side lies lies Nangloi and Surajmal Stadium, and on eastern side lies Keshopur and Vikaspuri. Two parts of the area are ruled by Gram Panchayats; Pira Garhi and Jwala Heri; where much of the latter has been converted for commercial usage into the Jwala Heri Market. Peera Garhi also has several workshops. Nagloi and Syed Nangloi are the nearest villages which are adjacent on the western edge and a little further is the village cluster of Kirari, Neher, etc. The area also accommodates 2 relocatement camps which were built during the time of partition for refugees. These areas now house mainly poor and lower-middle-class people. These also the hotspots of slums in the area and are adjacent to the Nangloi and Syed Nangloi Village. The Najafgarh Drain flows through the western edge at its southern part to part away up to almost a kilometer away at the northern part. Nearby residential areas of Paschim Vihar include Punjabi Bagh, Madipur, Paschim Puri, Paschim Vihar Extension, Punjabi Bagh Extension, Tilak NagarVikaspuri, Janak Puri, KeshopurPeera GarhiNangloi and Rohini. The postal code of Paschim Vihar on the East side of Outer Ring Road is 110063 and of that on the West side is 110087 (Sunder Vihar Post Office) Ankur Appartments.

[edit]Connectivity

[edit]Road and bus connectivity

The area has excellent road and rail connectivity. On its northern edge runs the Rohtak Road (NH10), and the Outer Ring Road divides the east and the west part. Both these roads are well maintained and are 6-8 lanes wide around the area. In this area, the outer ring road is maintained by the MCD and has a flyover at Peera Garhi Chowk and an Underpass and roundabout at Bhera Enclave/Sunder Vihar Crosing. Outer Ring Road also has several foot-over bridges with escalators. Similarly, the Rohtak Road is maintained by thePWD[disambiguation needed]. Where outer ring road connects the area with much of the city, Rohtak Road connects it to the Centre and the state border.
Both these roads have a very high frequency of buses. Most of the buses that ply on the Outer Ring Road are DTC low-floors; AC and Non-AC. Whereas, on Rohtak Road, Bluelines still run in significant numbers.
Peera Garhi is the major intersection (Under Peera Garhi Flyover) between the Rohtak Road, and Outer Ring Road. Interstate Buses going to Bahadurgarh, Hissar, and Rohtak also stop at the Peera Garhi stand.
Paschim Vihar has one bus depot at Peera Garhi and the Nangloi Bus Depot, SultanPuri Bus Depot, Mangolpuri Bus Depot and Keshopur Bus Depot are within a close reach.
Most of the bus routes passing through the area run on either Rohtak Road or Outer Ring Road. Others run on both, these are mainly those running on Rohtak Road but with terminal at Mangolpuri or Sultan Puri or those running on Outer Ring Road with terminal at Nangloi or Mundka.
Route No. 567 runs from Nangloi and passes through A-6, Jwalaheri, and other blocks of the east side. Route No. 910 passes within this part via the Nangloi Sayed Road terminating at Nangloi Sayed and passing via Jwalaheri and other blocks of the east side.
Over 75 bus routes ply through the area. Bus routes that ply through the area are:
On Outer Ring Road – 741, 761879, 882, 883947, 947A, 969, 972, Madhuban Chowk Circular Sewa, Outer Mudrika (OMS)
On Rohtak Road – GL-91, 219, 231, 236, 236EXT, 254, 908, 914, 915, 915EXT, 918, 922-929, 929EXT, 929SLT, 931, 934, 935, 941, 942, 948, 949, 949A, 949EXT, 963, 966, 968, 976, 978, 980, 983, 991, 998, Najafgarh-Zakhira Circular Sewa
On both, other – 231, 910, 567, 568, 569, 569EXT, 761EXT, 808, 846, 849, 905, 907, 910, 937, 939, 969, 940, 943, 944, 947, 953, 954, 962, 966EXT
There are plenty of bus stops across the area. Avtar Enclave, Multan Nagar, Super Bazaar, and Peera Garhi Chowk on Rohtak Road serve the east side. And Peera Garhi, Mianwali Nagar, and Inder Enclave serve the West Side. The Outer Ring Road also has Peera Garhi, Peera Garhi Depot, Sunder Apartments, Sunder Vihar, and Meera Bagh bus stands serving the residents of both the sides. On the East Side ‘Road No. 29-30 Xing Bus stop’ is used by B-block residents along with B1, B2, Jwala Heri, Water Tank. There’s also an A-2 bus-stop. The west side has Bhera Enclave, Bhera Enclave GH14, Ram Mandir, GH12, Meera Bagh Market, Nihal Vihar, Ambica Vihar, and Nangloi Sayed bus stops serving the residents of various colonies.

[edit]Metro connectivity

Delhi Metro’s Green Line (Line 5 – Mundka-Inderlok/Kirti Nagar) passes on the northern of the area, which joins to the Red (Rithala-Dilshad Garden) at Inderlok as well as the Blue line (Dwarka Sec 21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali) at Kirti Nagar. Line 5 is the first in Delhi Metro to run on standard gauge.
4 stations on the Green Line cater to the residents of the area. Paschim Vihar East and Paschim Vihar West cater to the east side of the Outer Ring Road and Peera Garhi and Udyog Nagar to the west side.
Paschim Vihar will also benefit from Delhi Metro’s Phase IV which will be completed in 2021. The colony will fall on the line that will run along Outer Ring Road in north and west Delhi. According to tentative plans, this metro rail line will run between Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar in North Delhi and Sagarpur near Janak Puri West Delhi, passing through Madhuban Chowk (Rohini, Peeragarhi, Meera Bagh, Uttam Nagar and Dabri crossing.

[edit]Other modes of transport

In all parts cyclerikshaws and autorikshaws can be found easily.
Gramin Sewa Autos ply on Rohtak Road with 3 routes operating. One to Mangolpuri. One till Punjabi Bagh. And the third till Madipur via Jwalaheri.
Recently motor-powered low-height 4-seater rikshaws have also come up, but are relatively uncommon yet.

[edit]Educational institutions

There are many Public and Government Senior Secondary Schools. A few from the long list include Indraprastha World School, Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Jhabban Lal DAV Sr Sec School, Neo Convent Sr. Sec School, JMJ public School, St. Froebel Sr.Sec. School, Divine Happy, St. Sophia, St.Martins, St. Marks School, Doon Public School,Bosco public school Vishal Bharti, Bhatnagar International, Sarasvati Shishu Vidya Mandir, Sarvodya Vidhalaya, DAV Centenary Public School, Paschim Enclave, and Central School and several Government schools. There are a hub of famous playschools viz., Little Legends, Mothers pride and others. Bharti Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering, one of the prestigious colleges in Delhi, is in this locality.

[edit]Public amenities and facilities

The area has plenty of greenery with trees planted on the sides of roads, and plenty of parks and ground. There’s an acres-huge Paschim Vihar District Park ajdacet the Peera Garhi DTC Depot. On the Western Side, in Sunder Vihar there are 2 adjacent football grounds. In Guru Harkishan Nagar, there is another huge park with a jogging track of 1 km. There are several other grounds and parks in the region. On the south-west corner of the western side there’s another Nihal Vihar District Park which is even several times larger than the Paschim Vihar District Park.
All the group housings on the Western side have a park and a place of worship each. This contributes to plenty of parks, and temples in the area.
Jwala Heri Village on the eastern side has been converted into a retail hub. From its early roots as a village it is now a market with all sorts of retails shops, stores, and showrooms. Plenty of illegal construction took place in the village with support from local politicians and beurocrats that flouted many safety norms and hampered the traffic flow severely. However the market is very popular among the people of West Delhi, Paschim Vihar in particular for its high street-feel and vast variety of products available. There are all types of retailers from small hawkers selling beetroot and corn to large showrooms of textile and garments. Much of the major appaerel brands’ showrooms are present with Adidas, Reebok, Woodland, etc. It is also a haven of Delhi-based brands such as Lee Solly, Allen Cooper, Richlook, Cantabill, etc.
The other important market is National Market on the Western Side. However it is not hugely a shopping haven as for it serves majorly home decoration and utility items such as door handles, glass panes, doors, etc.
Other significant markets of daily utilites in the area are in GH14 and in Camp No. 4. Nangloi, nearby is also a good place for bargain shopping for its a vast market with plenty of wholesale shops.
On the eastern side for recreation, there is a DDA Sports Complex spread across a sprawling campus of about 4 hectares!It has facilities for Lawn Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis, Snooker, Basket Ball, Volley Ball, Cricket, Swimming Pool, and Jogging, Skating, gyming.
Maharaja Agrasen Bhavan is the social hub for hosting any and all kinds of ceremonies, social and religious alike. The Jwalaheri Mandir is the biggest temple in the area which frequently hosts cultural and religious events.

[edit]Miscellaneous

Accessibility
  • Inter-State Bus Terminal: 15 km
  • Domestic Airport: 15 km
  • International Airport: 21 km
  • Connaught Place (Down of New Delhi): 14 km
  • New Delhi Railway Station: 14 km
  • Old Delhi Railway Station: 15 km

Source : http://www.wikipedia.org

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