JOURNEY SO FAR
- Okhla is last the residential settlement near Okhla Barrage. Yamuna acts as a divider and the other side — NOIDA (New Okhla Industrial Development Authority) -- is part of Uttar Pradesh. The Okhla Barrage built during the British era is also the starting point of the Agra Canal built in 1874. At present, the nearby terrain constitutes Okhla Bird Sanctuary.
- The present campus of Jamia Millia Islamia was established in 1935. The Okhla Mandi, an important wholesale vegetable and fruits market, is located in vicinity along with National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-Delhi), Govind Ballabh Pant Engineering College, and Meera Bai Institute of Technology.
- The industrial hub comprises Phase I, II and III. Kalkaji Temple and Lotus Temple are other attractions.
- The Okhla village became an important theatre centre of Delhi in 1950s, when veteran theatre director Habib Tanveer, established Okhla Theatre. He roped in several local artistes. His famous creation ‘Agra Bazaar’, a play on the life of poet Nazir Akbarabadi was first staged in Okhla and had locals playing a few characters along with the Jamia staff.
- On March 1, 1935, the foundation stone for a school building was laid in Okhla. In 1936, all institutions of Jamia, except Jamia Press, the Maktaba and the library, were shifted to the new campus. Earlier, it was run out of the campus located in Karol Bagh.
- The Jamia Nagar Metro station that comes under the 33.5-km Janakpuri West to Kalindi Kunj Metro corridor would benefit around 10 lakh people and will also cater to Okhla.
- Salman Khurshid, senior Congress leader and Zakir Husain’s grandson, spent his childhood here. He has his bungalow Zakir Manzil in Gulmohar Avenue.
Okhla Industrial Estate comprises Phase I, II and III.( Subhendu Ghosh / ht file)