Delhi Cantonment

Delhi Cantonment (popularly referred to as Delhi Cantt) was established in 1914. Until February 1938, the Cantonment Board Delhi was known as the Cantt authority. The area of the Cantonment is approx. 10,521 acres (4,258 ha). At the 2011 census, the population of the Cantonment was 116,352. The Delhi Cantonment is as Class I Cantonment Board.

The Cantonment is governed by the Cantonments Act, 2006[1] while various policy letters and instructions from the Ministry of Defence pertaining to the area are issued from time to time. Although the board functions as a local municipal body, it remains under the administrative control of the Directorate General Defence Estates, New Delhi and Principal Director, Defence Estates, Western Command, Chandigarh.[2]

Delhi Cantonment
District Subdivision
Delhi Cantonment railway station
Delhi Cantonment railway station
Delhi Cantonment is located in Delhi
Delhi Cantonment
Delhi Cantonment
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°35′46″N 77°07′48″E / 28.596°N 77.130°ECoordinates: 28°35′46″N 77°07′48″E / 28.596°N 77.130°E
Country India
DistrictNew Delhi
 • Total116,352
 • OfficialHindi, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code011
District- South West District
Delhi Cantt Station
Delhi Cantonment railway station


Cantonments in Delhi and Ahmedabad were originally established by the British. The Delhi Cantonment houses the Indian Army Headquarters, Delhi Area; the Army Golf Course; the Defence Services Officers Institute; military housing; Army and Air Force Public Schools; and various other defence-related installations. The cantonment also houses the Army Research and Referral Hospital, a tertiary care medical centre of the armed forces of India.

There is a railway station within the cantonment, Delhi Cantonment railway station, from where trains depart for various parts of the country.

There is a myth of paranormal activities. According to people It is said that in Delhi cantt a woman in white dress asks for lift if you go ahead , then this woman chases you. However, there is no news of any harm to anyone to date. People says that may be there is soul of woman is travelling who died in this area.


At the 2001 India census[3] Delhi Cantt. had a population of 124,452. Males constituted 61% of the population and females 39%. Delhi Cantt. has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 74%: male literacy is 83% and, female literacy is 68%. In Delhi Cantt., 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

At the 2011 India census[4] Delhi Cantt. had a population of 116,352. Males constituted ~58% (67,703) of the population and females constituted ~42% (48,649). Delhi Cantt. has an average literacy rate of 91.11%, higher than the national average of 79.9%: male literacy is 94.54% and, female literacy is 86.26%. In Delhi Cantt., 11.36% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Delhi Cantonment is connected by road, railway and air. Delhi Airport is about 5 kilometres from Delhi Cantonment. It has its nearest metro station of Delhi Cantonment metro station. Delhi Cantonment has a railway station. Almost all the trains plying from Delhi towards Rajasthan or Gujarat stop here.

It is easily accessible by road and local bus to the residents of nearby residential neighbourhoods such as Palam, Dwarka, Dhaula Kuan, Tilak Nagar, Vasant Vihar, Naraina and Janakpuri. Delhi Metro has train stations nearby.


  1. ^ Document, Archived 31 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Delhi Cantonment Board, Ministry of Defence". Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  3. ^ Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01
  4. ^ "Delhi Cantonment City Census 2011 data". Retrieved 7 July 2018.

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17th Indian Infantry Brigade

The 17th Indian Infantry Brigade was an infantry brigade formation of the Indian Army during World War II. It was formed in November 1940, at the Delhi Cantonment in India and assigned to the 8th Indian Infantry Division. They were sent to participate in the Anglo-Iraqi War and the Syria-Lebanon Campaign and came under command of the 10th Indian Infantry Division between July and August 1941. Returning to the 8th Indian Division in September 1941, at the end of the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran, they were sent to Egypt. They then spent 1942, as a garrison force in Syria. It then took part in the Italian Campaign from September 1943 to August 1945. It was briefly coming under command of the British 78th Infantry Division between 3 and 7 November 1943.

Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute

Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute (AFGJI), located at Subroto Park, Delhi Cantonment, India, is a school run by the Indian Air Force Educational and Cultural Society.

Army Welfare Education Society

Army Welfare Education Society (AWES) manages and ensures proper education facilities to children of Indian Army personnel through Local Military Authorities. Established in 1983, the society has its office at Shankar Vihar, Delhi Cantonment and over the years has opened over 137 Army Public Schools and 249 Army Pre Primary Schools across India. It has 11 professional institutions of higher education. A list of colleges and schools including Army Public Schools all across the nation in many cities, colleges pertaining to engineering, medicals, dental, management, law etc.

Delhi Cantonment metro station

The Delhi Cantt Metro Station is located on the Pink Line of the Delhi Metro

As part of Phase III of Delhi Metro, Delhi Cantt is a metro station of the Pink Line

Delhi Cantonment railway station

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Delhi Cantt (Delhi Assembly constituency)

Delhi Cantt assembly constituency (Delhi Cantonment) is one of the seventy Delhi assembly constituencies of Delhi in northern India.

Delhi Cantt assembly constituency is a part of New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) will be used along with EVMs in Delhi Cantt assembly constituency in Delhi Legislative Assembly election, 2015. 26/11 hero Surinder Singh won this seat in 2013 by 355 votes.

Delhi Vidyut Board

The Delhi Vidyut Board was formed by the Government of NCT Delhi in 1997 for the purpose of generation and distribution of power to the entire area of NCT of Delhi except the areas falling within the jurisdiction of NDMC and Delhi Cantonment Board. On 1 July 2002, The Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) was unbundled into six successor companies: Delhi Power Supply Company Limited (DPCL)- Holding Company; Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) - TRANSCO; Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL) - GENCO; BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) - DISCOM; BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) - DISCOM; North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) - DISCOM.

Inder Puri

Inder Puri (officially 'Indrapuri') a fairly small, self-contained residential colony located in the central-south part of New Delhi. It lies between Naraina and New Rajinder Nagar area and is an upscale neighborhood. Inderpuri has some of the wealthiest families residing, generally around A, B, C, R, EA and RA blocks. It is located next to the renowned Pusa Institute.

The area has a bus stop, retail shopping outlets, and various parks. It is well-known colony as it is close to shopping hubs such as Karol Bagh, and Rajouri Garden. It itself has a commercial area where one would get almost all household consumables and appliances. It has its own police station, post office, market, various banks branches and ATMs and multiple places of religious worship like temples, gurudwaras and a church.

With the expansion of Delhi towards west with Rohini and south with Dwarka, Inderpuri now actually falls right in the heart of Delhi. It is evident from the fact that Inderpuri now falls under the New Delhi Lok Sabha Parliamentary constituency, the most important parliamentary seat in India in terms of national significance. Inderpuri falls under the Rajinder Nagar assembly constituency. It is very close to the domestic airport, as well as to the New Delhi railway station plus also close to South Delhi areas like Safdarjung Enclave, Lajpat Nagar, South Extension and Greater Kailash. Inderpuri is also very close to Major hospitals like Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and BL Kapur Memorial hospital on Pusa Road. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Army Base hospital and the Safdarjung hospital are also not far from Inderpuri. The area has a small railway station as well on the Delhi Ring Railway. Indian Bank Officers quarters is there in Inderpuri C Block.

One of the best parts about this locality is that its very accessible and in the city heart but is still very pollution free and relatively cooler throughout the year because it is surrounded by 3 large green tracts namely 1) Delhi cantonment 2) Pusa institute and 3) Delhi ridge on third side. A good but unexplored tourist spot nearby is the Delhi War Cemetery. Inderpuri has two Mariamman temples (South Indian), Murgan/kartik temple (South Indian), Arya Samaj Mandir, a Sanatan Dharm Mandir, two shiv temples, one hanuman mandir, one gurudwara and one church. It has four large parks namely Veer Ravindra kaura park, D Park, C park and Shastri Park

Indian Defence Estates Service

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Janakpuri is a posh residential neighbourhood in the West Delhi district of National Capital Territory of Delhi. It is located near the Delhi Cantonment area and is easily accessible by road and Delhi Metro.

A Delhi suburb that developed significantly in the 1980s, it is packed with apartment complexes functioning as group housing societies, built both privately as well as by the Delhi Development Authority. It is clean, organised and well laid out. Property prices here range anywhere between INR 3,20,300 to INR 5,50,000 per square yard. A large chunk of the population comprises Punjabis, mostly migrants to Delhi following the partition in 1947.

Joginder Singh Rao

Rao Joginder Singh whose name was recorded incorrectly as Joginder Singh Rao throughout his career (16 October 1938 – 3 October 1994) was an Indian cricketer: a right-arm medium pace bowler who played only five first-class games, all for Services in the 1963–64 Ranji Trophy, but who is notable for having not only taken a hat-trick on debut, but for following that up with two more in the same innings of his second match, one of only two men to have achieved this latter feat (the other being Albert Trott) and the only man to have taken three in his first two games.Born in Gurgaon, Punjab, Rao became only the seventh man to achieve the hat-trick on debut when he dismissed three Jammu and Kashmir batsmen as they were bowled out for just 47. Less than a week later, he went one better against Northern Punjab, when he claimed two hat-tricks in the second innings. His six victims were: Suresh Sharma, Ashok Khanna, Bhupinder Singh; and Rajinder Kale, Ramnath Paul, Bishen Singh Bedi.

Rao played only three more times, as shortly afterwards he was injured in a parachuting accident while serving as a Captain in the army. He took up golf and represented India in France and Pakistan. He redesigned the Army golf course in the Delhi Cantonment and the Dehra Dun golf course. He served in the India-Pakistan wars in 1965 and 1971, and reached the rank of Major-General in the Indian Army.

Magenta Line (Delhi Metro)

The Magenta Line is a line of Delhi Metro, a rapid transit system in Delhi, India and the first driverless metro in India. It consists of 25 metro stations from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden, out of which 10 are elevated and rest 15 are underground. The total length of the line is 38.235 km out of which 14.428 km is elevated and 23.807 km is underground. Unlike the Airport Metro Express, this line will directly serve Terminal 1 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The line has been operational between Botanical Garden to Kalkaji Mandir since 25 December 2017 and rest of the section between Janakpuri West and Kalkaji Mandir was made operational on 29 May 2018. The Hauz Khas station on this line and the current Yellow Line is the deepest Metro station at a depth of 32 metres, surpassing the record set by Chawri Bazaar station on the Yellow Line, at a depth of 22 metres.Janakpuri West metro station on the line contains India's tallest escalator with vertical height of 15.6 metres. The Magenta Line has interchanges with the Yellow Line at Hauz Khas, Blue Line at Janakpuri West & Botanical Garden and the Violet Line at Kalkaji Mandir of the Delhi Metro network.

Shankar Vihar metro station on the line is unique as it is the only station on the network where free movement of civilians is restricted by the military, as it falls in the Delhi Cantonment area and according to DMRC official "located right in the heart of the defence zone, it thus will cater primarily to defence personnel"..

For the first time in India, the construction work of two parallel tunnels was completed together at Dabri Mor station. The Janakpuri West, Dabri Mor & Dashrath Puri stations on Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden line have been executed by an HCC-Samsung joint venture.

Municipal Corporation of Delhi

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was a municipal corporation, an autonomous body that governed 8 of the 11 Districts of Delhi, in the state of Delhi, India. It was one of three municipalities in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the others being New Delhi Municipal Council, and Delhi Cantonment Board. "The MCD was among the largest municipal bodies in the world providing civic services to more than estimated population of 11 million citizens in the capital city." The municipal corporation covered an area of 1,397.3 km² (539.5 mi²).

Within its jurisdiction were some of the most densely populated areas in the world. It also had the unique distinction of providing civic services to rural and urban villages, resettlement colonies, regularised unauthorised colonies, unregularised slum/squatter settlements, private 'katras' etc, all at the same time.

New Delhi Municipal Council

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is the municipal council of the city of New Delhi, India, and the area under its administration is referred to as the NDMC area. NDMC, covering an area of 43.7 km2.

It is governed by a council headed by a chairperson, who is usually a career civil servant and holds the rank of Joint Secretary to Government of India appointed by Government of India. The council also includes the Chief Minister of Delhi as an Ex officio member.

The Union Territory of Delhi is divided into three statutory urban regions: the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), and the Delhi Cantonment Board.

Shankar Vihar metro station

The Shankar Vihar is a metro station on the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro. This represents part of the third phase of development of the Delhi Metro. It was opened to public on 29 May 2018. It is the only station in the Delhi Metro network where free movement of civilians is restricted, as it falls in the Delhi Cantonment area and "right in heart of defence zone".

South Delhi Municipal Corporation

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is one of the municipal corporations in Delhi, India created after the former Municipal Corporation of Delhi was divided into three ("trifurcation"). Also, it is one of five local bodies in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the others being North Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Cantonment Board.

Prior to trifurcation, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was a mega Municipal Corporation, an autonomous body that used to govern 8 of the 9 Districts of Delhi in the state of Delhi, India. The MCD was among the largest municipal bodies in the world providing civic services to more than estimated population of 11 million citizens in the capital city. The then unified municipal corporation used to cover an area of 1,397.3 km² (539.5 mi²).

Surinder Singh (commando)

Surender Singh is an Indian politician from the Aam Admi Party, currently representing Delhi Cantonment in the Delhi Legislative Assembly.

The Air Force School (TAFS)

The Air Force School (TAFS), formerly known as Air Force Central School (AFCS), was set up primarily to provide education to the children of Indian Air Force personnel.

It was founded in 1955 by the Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee, the Chief of Air Staff. It was established in temporary wartime barracks at Wellingdon Camp, Club Road, New Delhi on 18 July 1955 to educate children of Officers and Airmen of the Indian Air Force. In May 1967, the school shifted to its present location Aravali Campus location in Subroto Park, Delhi Cantonment. Earlier the school was located in New Delhi near the present residence of the Prime Minister of India. The school celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1980 when the word "Central" was dropped from the name. The school is a co-educational public institute affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It has boarding facilities for boys of classes VI to XII. It has classes from Kindergarten to Class XII. The school is situated on the Aravali ridge.

The school has an auditorium named as Aravali Hall. There are two separate 'wings' in the school. The junior wing has classes Kindergarten to V. The senior wing has classes VI to XII.

Although the school was established primarily for the benefit of children belonging to the IAF personnel, it has always been open to wards of Army and Navy personnel as well as to civilians.

The school, and its sister schools, Air Force Bal Bharati School (AFBBS) and the Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute (AFGJI) are run by the Indian Air Force Educational and Cultural Society.

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