Defence Colony

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Defence Colony
Defence Colony
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Defence Colony is located in Delhi
Defence Colony
Defence Colony
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°34′N 77°14′E / 28.57°N 77.23°E / 28.57; 77.23Coordinates: 28°34′N 77°14′E / 28.57°N 77.23°E / 28.57; 77.23
Country India
DistrictSouth East Delhi
MetroNew Delhi
 • Total8,000−10,000
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Urban Local BodySDMC

Defence Colony is a neighbourhood in South East, Delhi. It was built in the 1960s for veterans of the Indian Armed Forces.[1][2] It serves as the administrative headquarters of the South East Delhi district of Delhi.

It is popular for being centrally located to all major parts of the city, its well maintained parks, broad streets, active community clubs and notable residents from entertainment and politics.[3] Defence Colony is home to many restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and shops.[4][5][6]


Defence Colony was created in the aftermath of the partition in 1947. Newly independent India allotted land to resettle serving Indian military officers whose homes lay across the new border in Muslim-majority Pakistan.[7] Besides its central location from most parts of the city of Delhi, the locality is immensely popular among all Delhiites for the exotic varieties of cuisines that it has on offer[citation needed]. There are many restaurants in Defence Colony.[8]

Defence Colony Welfare Association Club, commonly referred as Defence Colony Club was established in 1976 as Defence Colony Ex. Services Institute, however it was renamed in 1980, and functions under the Defence Colony Welfare Association.[9]

Historic monuments[edit]

Close to the main Defence Colony market inside a round about, stands the octagonal tomb of Shaikh Ali, known as "Gumti of Shaikh Ali". Built in the 15th-century Lodhi dynasty-era, near the historic area of Kotla Mubarakpur, it housed two graves inside the tomb till early 20th-century, which are now long gone. The tomb houses the Defence Colony Welfare Association (DCWA) office, since 1960.[10][11][12]


Defence Colony is accessible by many means of public transport including auto rickshaw, taxi, Delhi Transport Corporation buses as well as the Delhi Metro. The closest metro station to most of Defence Colony is Lajpat Nagar, which is an interchange station between the Violet Line and Pink Line. For some parts of the Defence Colony, it is closer to walk to South Extension metro station, which is on the Pink Line. To the Northeast of Defence Colony is the Sewa Nagar railway station of the Delhi Ring Railway.

To the South, Defence Colony is bounded by the Ring Road. To its East and West are Lala Lajpat Rai Marg and Bhishma Pitamah Marg respectively. The North of Defence Colony is bounded by the tracks of the Delhi Ring Railway.


  • Sagar Ratna, south Indian food chain, 90 restaurants, opened its first restaurant here in 1986 [13][14][15]
  • Defence Bakery, opened in 1962, known for its breads and pastries[16]
  • Vadehra Art Gallery, upscale art gallery[17]
  • 4S, Dive Bar, serving Thai and Chinese[18]
  • Nehru Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital [19]
  • Gulshan Estate Agents Pvt Ltd, established in 1959 , they have been the Realtors of this colony since a long time and have facilitated the residents for renting out and redevelopment of the houses.


In the news[edit]

Declaring War on China: On July 17, 2020 in response to the attack by China in the Galwan Valley, Maj Ranjit Singh (retired) President of the RWA, Defence Colony in a viral voice message declared War on China referring to boycotting Chinese goods.

"Today, as your president, I declare Defence Colony is at war. Unfortunately we cannot take up guns and bullets but definitely there are other means. We can break China's backbone economically and today I request you all, with immediate effect, shun Chinese goods and if you have any lying in your house, please throw them out," he added.

His call to boycott Chinese goods received national and international support.[24][25][26][27][28]



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  2. ^ Onkar Singh (2005). Indian ex-servicemen. Krishna Prakashan Media. pp. 108–. ISBN 978-81-7933-175-0.
  3. ^ "Fashion designer Rohit Bal arrested from Defence Colony following fight with neighbour". The Indian Express. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  4. ^ The Rough Guide to India. Rough Guides. 2003. pp. 125–. ISBN 978-1-84353-089-3. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  5. ^ Vir Sanghvi (31 August 2013). "Rude Food: in the food lanes of Delhi". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 30 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  6. ^ Gehi, Reema (9 February 2020). "The who's who of India's art scene". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". ft. Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Defence Colony Restaurants". Zomato- Order Food Online. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  9. ^ "About Club". Defence Colony Welfare Association Club. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Colony welfare office in Lodi-era tomb". Hindustan Times. 8 June 2013. Archived from the original on 30 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Present Condition of Gumti of Shaikh Ali at Defence Colony market round about". Government of Delhi. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Residents' body using Lodi-era tomb as office, Delhi high court seeks explanation". Hindustan Times. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Sagar Ratna files police complaint against rumour-monger". Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Sagar Ratna refutes claim that its delivery boys tested positive for Corona - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  15. ^ Singh, Paras (25 May 2020). "Delhi: Sagar Ratna files police complaint over Covid rumours". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  16. ^ Saikia, Arunabh (2 June 2016). "Defence Bakery: The Delhi bakery where your bread is not (potentially) cancer causing". Livemint. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Culture in the capital: Visits by appointment only as art galleries open to a distanced world". The Indian Express. 21 June 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  18. ^ "May the 4S be with you". Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  19. ^ Nigam, Chayyanika (21 April 2020). "Defence Colony residents object to new Covid-19 hospital". India Today. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  20. ^ Srinivasan, Kamesh (12 August 2019). "'I learnt to embrace whatever came my way': former tennis player Vishal Uppal". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Fashion designer Rohit Bal arrested from Defence Colony following fight with neighbour". The Indian Express. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  22. ^ "The extraordinary life and times of Nafisa Ali Sodhi". Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  23. ^ "The Kid's Alright". 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  24. ^ "Anti-China Protests Across India, Delhi's Defence Colony Declares "War"". Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  25. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (18 June 2020). "Indians call for boycott of Chinese goods after fatal border clashes". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  26. ^ Taskin, Bismee (18 June 2020). "Breaking TV sets to boycotting Chinese goods — India's RWAs wage 'war' against Xi's China". ThePrint. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  27. ^ "Unfortunately We Can't Take Up Guns': This Delhi Colony Has Declared 'War' On China". IndiaTimes. 18 June 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  28. ^ "Angry Indians Have Started Their Own "War with China" By Breaking TV Sets, Burning Goods". Qrius. 19 June 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  29. ^ "List of School Recognised by Delhi Government". Retrieved 30 July 2015.

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