Delhi is prominently divided by the Yamuna River that separates the eastern part and western part of the city and hence the area that falls under the eastern portion is known as the ‘East Delhi’ Region that is also popularly known as the Trans Yamuna area. This region shares its border with Uttar Pradesh comprising of Noida and Ghaziabad.
East Delhi has seen recent changes that have overtaken the previously old and packed residential colonies situated along narrow lanes. The State Government made consistent effort to redo the roads and establish well maintained commercial and residential areas in this region and today, one can definitely see the evident transformation.
Today, the East Delhi Region homes one of the best plush colonies and commercial area in the City. It houses world class and comfortable stay with upscale and multi-cuisine restaurants, multiplexes and shopping malls unlike its bygone years and is continuously and steadily growing to become one of the sought after area in Delhi and hence becoming of great significance to the growing tourism industry of this Capital City.
East Delhi District has its share of historical moments that date back to the time when people used to live on one side of the Yamuna River as they feared pirates and invaders owning to which Delhi prevailed on the west banks of the river. However, between 1980 and 1990, this area saw an influx of population leading to the construction of a bridge connecting the east and the west of the river named ‘Tans Yamuna’ and was geographically christened as ‘East Delhi’. Hence, this district is bounded on the east by the Yamuna River and by the other districts on the remaining surrounding boundaries.
East Delhi is highly populated with over 14.8 lakhs inhabitants of diverse backgrounds and an area spanning over 64 Sq. Km. The area is well connected to other parts of Delhi and neighbouring states and is generally one of the most crowded and busiest places in Delhi prone to major traffic congestions causing jams and blocks for hours. However, with the advent of Delhi Metro, this has greatly reduced the traffic concerns and has eased the rush around this district.
The three sub-divisions of the District of East Delhi are as follows:-
- Preet Vihar
- Gandhi Nagar
- Mayur Vihar