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Shahdara district is the latest to be created. Since Medieval times, this area is considered to be an extension of the Old Delhi. The name itself signifies its importance. The word ‘Shah’ is used for Kings and ‘dara’ is called ‘door’. So, meaning of this district is “door of kings” which shows that this was a point of entry into the Medieval kingdoms, particularly from Meerut to Delhi. During this time, this region was based around the small village of Chandrawali in 16th century. Shahdara was a big wholesale grain market which also supplied grain to Paharganj. No wonder that the present day wholesale vegetable market in the area is so prominent as this area has been a center for wholesale trade in agricultural produce for many centuries.
The present Shahdara district is divided into two zones- north and south. Sub-divisions of Shahdara district are Vivek Vihar, Seemapuri and Shahdara. It is run by East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
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Area and Population
Broadly, Shahdara district covers areas in and around Nand Nagri, Gandhi Nagar and Shahdara.
Ram Nagar, Naveen Shahdara, New Modern Shahdara, Bholanath Nagar, Vishwas Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Subhash Park, Panchsheel Garden, Kardam Puri, Jyoti Nagar (East and West), Chhota Bazaar, Indira Niketan, Rohtash Nagar, Balbir Nagar, Shivaji Park, Gorakh Park, Shaok Nagar, Babarpur, Mansarovar Park, Ganga Vihar, Seelampur, Seemapuri, Vivek Vihar and other adjoining areas form this district.
The district is marked with high density of population.
National Highway 9 forms the northern boundary of this district whereas NH 44 forms the western boundary. A number of flyovers in this district make the road transportation easy and hassles free throughout the peripheral and internal parts of this district.
Good road connectivity, a number of schools, colleges (Shyam Lal college) and other educational institutions, religious places such as mosques (Makka Masjid), temples (Valmiki Mandir, Hanuman Balaji Mandir, Shri Ram Mandir), gurudwaras and churches, hospitals (Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty, Shanti Mukund, Max Balaji, etc) District Courts of Karkardooma, Passport Seva Kendra, banks and financial institutions and a number of other government and private offices dot this district.
Quite notable are the local markets of this area which have the tradition of making traditional food items such as Balushahi, Puri-Chole, Jalebi etc which are famous far and wide. Besides the established markets, the weekly bazaars are quite popular which provide essential items at cheap prices to the public.