About Rithala

ABOUT RITHALA

Rithala, a village founded in 1384 AD, is located in the North-West district of the Indian state of Delhi. The village has grown over five-times in size since its farming land was acquired by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in the early 1980s. Rithala, known in the past as Lathi Wala, was established by Rana Rajpal Singh of Sumal Gotra of Tomar Chandervanshi Rajputs. Recently, the Rithalias Trust has built a memorial called ‘Rana Raj Pal Singh Smarthi Sthal', which consists of a tower and a small temple in memory of him. Now, the village is a mixture of almost every caste. The village has an exciting community life and the languages you can hear are more varied than most other villages in the Delhi area. There are people from Rajasthan, Panjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal and Bihar.

History

Rithala, a village founded in 1384 AD, is located in the North-West district of the Indian state of Delhi. The village has grown over five-times in size since its farming land was acquired by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in the early 1980s. Rithala, known in the past as Lathi Wala, was established by Rana Rajpal Singh of Sumal Gotra of Tomar Chandervanshi Rajputs. Recently, the Rithalias Trust has built a memorial called ‘Rana Raj Pal Singh Smarthi Sthal', which consists of a tower and a small temple in memory of him. Now, the village is a mixture of almost every caste. The village has an exciting community life and the languages you can hear are more varied than most other villages in the Delhi area. There are people from Rajasthan, Panjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal and Bihar.

Location

Rithala lies in the rural-urban fringe of the North West Delhi District, in Delhi. It is an upcoming industrial cum residential area, located 15 km north-west of Kashmiri Gate and 9 km from Inderlok. Shahdara is 22 km in the south-east.

Climate

Rithala has a hot and dry climate. The mean temperature for December and January, the coldest months, is 59°F (15°C) and 54°F (12.2°C), and for May and June, the extreme hot months, 90°F (32.2°C) and 93°F (33.8°C) in the shade.

Demographics

According to the 2001 India census[5], Rithala census constituency had 37752 households and a population of 190015. Males constitute 54.2% of the population and females 45.8%. The constituency has a literacy rate of 71.7%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 57.8%, and female literacy is 42.2%. In the constituency, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Economy

Rithala is a small scale industrial centre. The village is populated with a mix of people from all income groups.

Civic amenities

Medical facilities are provided by the primary health centre. A post office is also located in Rithala. The village has a protected water supply in addition to tube wells and hand pumps. In recent years due to a small scale industry and real estate price boom the village has become very congested leading to a slight deterioration of civic amenities.

Education

There are no other schools in and around the village other than primary schools and the Maharana Pratap High School for higher education.

Important places

The village preserves a lot of old-world character and adds value to the urban fabric of Delhi. The main attractions of the village are the Rana Raj Pal Singh Smarthi Sthal, Shive Temple, Bhanya, Baba Rampal ki Kuti and Devi Mandir. The various major attractions of the region are accessible by Rithala Metro Station and Metro Walk.

Transport

Rithala metro station, on the Red Line, opened in 2004. (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/509735.cms) Feeder bus services operate to it from other areas. There is also a regular 10-minute bus service from the village to central Delhi.

Residential Places

The village is divided into two areas known as Old Rithala (Pre 1940) and New Rithala (Post 1940).

Old Lal Dora

It consists of area inside the old boundary (dagda).

New Lal Dora

New houses, factories and shops built after the farming land of the village was acquired by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

Other Website:

http://wikimapia.org/638302/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajput
http://wikimapia.org/4612858/Surajbai-Rambai-SR-Enclave
http://wikimapia.org/2651507/Rana-Raj-Pal-Singh-Smarthi-Sthal

References

1. Tod J. Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan. Rupa & Co 1997 ISBN 81-7167-366-X.
2. Madhadh I.S. Rajput Vansavali. Chatan Parkashan, Delhi 1987.
3. Oscar Lewis; Victor Barnouw. Village Life in Northern India: Studies in a Delhi Village. American Sociological Review, Vol. 24, No. 1 (Feb., 1959), pp. 119–120
4. Yadava J. S. History and Development of a Village Settlement in North India. Ethnohistory, Vol. 18, No. 3 (Summer, 1971), pp. 239–244.
5. Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns. (Provisional). Census Commission of India.
http://des.delhigovt.nic.in/Census2001/wards.htm Retrieved on 2009-03-18.