The Civil Lines is an affluent residential area and subdivision of North Delhi District in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, India. It is one of the 12 zones under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. It was the hub of European-style hotels in the city until New Delhi came into being in 1911.
Location in Delhi, India
|• Type||Legislative Assembly|
|• Body||Delhi Administration. (The Government of National Capital Region of Delhi)|
|• Official||Hindi, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||North Delhi|
|Civic agency||Municipal Corporation Of Delhi|
The name Civil Lines is a relic of British Raj times, when the city of Delhi was organized into separate areas where the British military and civilian buildings were located. Areas, where civilians lived, were demarcated as Civil Lines. One monument of British Raj era is the Metcalfe House, Delhi. This is where the administration and governance of the Indian Empire was conducted by nineteen Governor Generals (Vice Roys) from Lord Canning to Lord Reading at their offices housed in the Old Secretariat building on the Alipore Road, and the residence of these Governor Generals was the prestigious bungalow at 1. Alipore Road which was vacated by the British Indian government in 1930 to relocate the residence for succeeding viceroys at a palatial complex on the Raisina hill in Lyutiens' Delhi known as the Vice Roy's House. The bungalow at 1. Alipore Road today houses the Indra Prastha College for Women. The Old Secretariat after 1931 housed the offices of the British Indian Army and the Post Master General and the adjoining Army Press. After independence It became the seat of Delhi's Metropolitan Council and currently houses several offices of the Central Government like the Publications Department and offices of the Delhi Administration. The Vice Roy's House today is the official residence of the Presidents of Indian Republic and is called the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The offices of the Old Secretariat at Alipore Road were also relocated in 1931 to the New Secretarial Building at Lutyens' Delhi adjoining the Vice Roy's House and is called the Central Secretariat today. One of the earliest modern hotels in Delhi was the Maidens Hotel, later Oberoi Maidens, built in 1903. It was situated in the Civil Lines, where all European-style hotels were situated and the officers of British Raj stayed. Other hotels in the area were Swiss Hotel and Hotel Cecil, run by Robert Hotz family, which also owned Wildflower Hall and Cecil Hotel in Shimla. Hotel Cecil was later demolished and today St. Xavier's School stands on the location.
Raj Niwas, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, the head of state of Delhi and National Capital Territory of Delhi, is located on Raj Niwas Marg in Civil Lines. A children's home run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity lies north of Qudsia Bagh in Civil Lines. Civil Lines is quite a big area consisting of various colonies and offices. One of the main colonies is Delhi Police Staff Quarters which is just behind the Civil Lines Police Station.
Civil Lines is connected to Delhi University North Campus. It is now a developing district. It includes areas like:
Hotels: 3/4 Star: Oberoi Maidens Hotel, Sham Nath Marg
Basanta Kumar Biswas (6 February 1895 – 11 May 1915) was an Indian pro-independence activist involved in the Jugantar group who, in December 1912, is believed to have bombed the Viceroy's Parade in what came to be known as the Delhi-Lahore Conspiracy. He was initiated into revolutionary movement by Jugantar leaders Amarendranath Chattopadhyaya and Rash Behari Bose.Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
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Civil Lines (archaically White Town) are the residential neighborhoods developed during the British Raj for its senior officers. These townships were built all over the Indian subcontinent and were allotted to civil officers in the respective countries. This is distinct from Forts and Cantonments, which were expressedly military establishments.
Civil Lines, Delhi
Civil Lines, Allahabad
Civil Lines, Kanpur
Civil Lines, Moradabad
Civil Lines, JaipurIn Pakistan
Civil Lines, Rawalpindi
Civil Lines, Faisalabad
Civil Line, Karachi
Civil Lines, LahoreCivil Lines (disambiguation)
Civil Lines is a number of residential areas built during the British Raj, present in several towns and cities of Indian Subcontinent.
Civil Lines may also refer to:
Civil Lines (magazine), a 1990s Indian magazine
Civil Lines (Delhi Metro), a station of Delhi Metro rail
Civil Lines metro station (Jaipur)Civil Lines metro station (Delhi)
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Gwalior House is the former residence of the Maharaja of Gwalior in Delhi. It is located at Rajpur Road in Civil Lines, Delhi.
The house has been involved in an inheritance feud within the princely family. It is of modest size and can therefore not be considered a palace.
Since Gwalior was a 21-gun salute princely state, a large plot was set aside next to the Kingsway, today Rajpath, for a palace to be constructed next to the Baroda House and Patiala House (at 28.6166°N 77.2326°E / 28.6166; 77.2326). However the princely family refused to be aligned in this city planning scheme by the British. The plot stood empty and was temporary used as the Prince's Park Mess.Indraprastha College for Women
Indraprastha College for Women also known as Indraprastha College or IP College (Hindi: इंद्रप्रस्थ महिला कॉलेज)
is the oldest women's college in Delhi. Established in 1924, it is affiliated to University of Delhi.The college offers graduate and post-graduate courses in Economics, Liberal Arts, Commerce, Literature, Computer Science, Multimedia Media & Mass Communication etc., and is among the prestigious colleges of India.Jasleen Dhamija
Jasleen Dhamija (born 1933 ) is a veteran Indian textile art historian, crafts expert and former UN worker. Based in Delhi, she is best known for her pioneering research on the handloom and handicraft industry, especially history of textiles and costumes. She has remained professor of living cultural traditions at the University of Minnesota. Over the years, during her career as a textile revivalist and scholar, she has authored several books on textiles, including Sacred Textiles of India (2014).Khyber Pass
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This is a list of Monuments of National Importance (ASI) as officially recognized by and available through the website of the Archaeological Survey of India in the Indian union territory Delhi. The monument identifier is a combination of the abbreviation of the subdivision of the list (state, ASI circle) and the numbering as published on the website of the ASI. 174 Monuments of National Importance have been recognized by the ASI in Delhi.List of energy efficient buildings in India
Following is the list of energy efficient buildings according to climatic zones they are situated in.Madhur Jaffrey
Madhur Jaffrey, CBE (née Bahadur; born 13 August 1933) is an Indian-born actress, food and travel writer, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing Indian cuisine to the Americas with her debut cookbook, An Invitation to Indian Cooking (1973), which was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2006. She has written over a dozen cookbooks and appeared on several related television programs, the most notable of which was Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery, which premiered in the UK in 1982. She is the food consultant at Dawat, considered by many food critics to be among the best Indian restaurants in New York City.She played an instrumental part in bringing together film makers James Ivory and Ismail Merchant and acted in several of their films such as Shakespeare Wallah (1965), for which she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival. She has appeared in dramas on radio, stage and television.In 2004 she was named an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her services to cultural relations between the United Kingdom, India and the United States, through her achievements in film, television and cookery.Her childhood memoir of India during the final years of the British Raj, Climbing the Mango Trees, was published in 2006.President's Police Medal
The President's Police Medal is a decoration awarded to members of law enforcement in India. Established 1 March 1951, the medal was originally called the President's Police and Fire Service Medal. The medal is awarded for either gallantry or distinguished service, with the gallantry version of the medal being accorded a higher precedence. The medal is awarded annually on Republic Day and Independence Day.Raj Niwas, Delhi
Raj Niwas (translation: Government House) is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, the head of state of Delhi and government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. It is located on Raj Niwas Marg, Civil Lines, Delhi. The present lieutenant governor of Delhi is Anil Baijal, since December 31, 2016.Rajni Kothari
Rajni Kothari (16 August 1928 – 19 January 2015) was an Indian political scientist, political theorist, academic and writer. He was the founder of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in 1963, a social sciences and humanities research institute, based in Delhi and Lokayan (Dialogue of the People), started in 1980 as a forum for interaction between activists and intellectuals. He was also associated with Indian Council of Social Science Research, International Foundation for Development Alternatives, and People's Union for Civil Liberties.One of the great political thinkers of the 20th-century, amongst his noted works include Politics in India (1970), Caste in Indian Politics (1973), and Rethinking Democracy (2005). In 1985, Lokayan was awarded the Right Livelihood Award.Sirohi House
Sirohi House is the former residence of the Maharao of Sirohi in Delhi. The house is located close to Civil Lines, Delhi.
The house is run today as a traveller inn and hotel.