Nehru Place or Nehru Vihar?
Delhi has many places with similar or identical names.Updated: Aug 07, 2010, 00:53 IST
Delhi has neighbourhoods with posh, quirky and also not-so-happening names. Amidst the plethora of colonies, there are places that have a namesake.
If you do not pay attention to the name of the place, you may land up in an entirely different area. Who has not heard of Nehru Place, in south Delhi, a popular wholesale computer components market?
But except for a handful of students and few autowallahs, who has ever heard of Nehru Vihar? This colony, located near North Campus, is a poor cousin of its south Delhi counterpart.
If you want to travel to Wazirpur and absent-mindedly board a bus bearing the nameplate Wazirabad, you will land up in an industrial cluster some 10 km away; the only similarity being that both the places are located along the Ring Road.
Occasionally, autowallahs use this confusion to their advantage. Once, an autowallah brought three North-Easterners to the Vijay Nagar Double Storey area in north Delhi. When the area seemed very unfamiliar, the passengers asked him if this was Amar Colony’s Double Storey (south).The autowallah haughtily claimed this was the only Double Storey he knew in Delhi.
There are many such places with similar/identical names. Imagine wanting to go to Rani Bagh for an interview and ending up at a diametrically opposite place, Maharani Bagh, just because the conductor of that Blueline bus thought whatever ‘Bagh’ you wanted to go didn’t really matter.
Rajdhani Enclave in Pitampura is far from another colony by the same name in east Delhi. Tagore Garden in west Delhi is not a Bengali-populated area, whereas Tagore Park in north Delhi holds an annual Durga Puja, complete with Bengali cultural programmes.
Rajouri Garden is located next to Raja Garden. The popular Kamla Nagar market in North Campus is usually mistaken for dingy Kamla Market in Central Delhi. As if the snaked bylanes of Delhi were not enough, the confusing namesakes just adds to people’s woes.