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.

Delhi Cantonment
District Subdivision
Delhi Cantonment railway station
Delhi Cantonment
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28.596°N 77.130°E / 28.596; 77.130
Country India
DistrictNew Delhi
  OfficialHindi, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code011
District- South West District

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]


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.


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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