Ghaziabad is a planned industrial city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is 19 km east of Delhi and 46 km southwest of Meerut. The city houses the headquarters of the Ghaziabad district. It was initially part of the Meerut district after independence, until the time when — due to political intervention — Ghaziabad was separated and given a new district status. The city gets its name from the founder Ghazi-ud-din, who called it Ghaziuddinnagar after himself.