Delhi Cantonment railway station
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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 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.
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 center 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 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 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 falls near Janakpuri area of New Delhi in the southwest district All the four major transport modes are easily accessible to the residents of nearby regions. Other nearby areas include the airport, Dwarka, Dhaula Kuan, Tilak Nagar, Vasant Vihar, Naraina, Janakpuri, Rajouri Garden, Palam, R K Puram, Shanti Niketan and Westend. Delhi Airport is within 5 kilometres from Delhi Cantonment. Delhi Canttonment itself has a huge railway station. All the trains plying from Delhi towards Rajasthan or Gujarat do stop here. This region is also served by the Janakpuri/ Tilak Nagar/Dhaula Kuan metro station under Delhi Metro. There are also DTC buses plying to different parts of Delhi and NCR.
- Document, http://www.cbdelhi.in/Documents/ca2006.pdf
- Delhi Cantonment Board, Ministry of Defence
- http://web.archive.org/web/20040616075334/http://www.censusindia.net/results/town.php?stad=A&state5=999. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01