List of districts of Delhi

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Map showing districts of Delhi, India

There are eleven administrative or revenue districts of Delhi, a union territory in India. Each of these districts is headed by an IAS officer of the rank of DC or Deputy Commissioner. These Deputy Commissioners report to the Divisional Commissioner (Principal Secretary of Revenue) who further reports to the Chief Secretary of Delhi. All districts are divided into three Sub-Divisions, headed by an SDM or Sub-Divisional Magistrate.[1]

The District Administration of Delhi is the enforcement department for many Government of Delhi and Government of India policies and exercises supervisory over numerous other functionaries of the government.

New Delhi serves as the capital of India and is the seat of all three branches of the government, Executive (Rashtrapati Bhavan), Legislature (Sansad Bhavan) and Judiciary (Supreme Court). Similarly, Delhi is divided into 15 Police Districts, each headed by an IPS officer of the rank of DCP or Deputy Commissioner of Police.[2]


The present system of administration in Delhi can be traced back to the British India (1858-1947). During the Delhi Durbar of 1911, the capital of India was shifted from Calcutta in the erstwhile Bengal Presidency to New Delhi. Later the status of Delhi was elevated to a Union Territory in November 1956. After the 69th Constitutional (Amendment) Act of 1991 came into force, Delhi was formally renamed as the National Capital Territory of Delhi or NCT of Delhi.

During the 1970s, Delhi had only four administrative districts ie North, South, Central and New Delhi.[3] Between January 1997 and September 2012, there were nine administrative districts and 27 sub-divisions. In September 2012, two new administrative districts, viz. South-East Delhi and Shahdara were added to the city's map.[4]

In 1978, the Delhi Police Act was promulgated, by which Delhi came under the Police Commissionerate system. Since then almost all powers with respect to maintenance of law & order with the Deputy Commissioner were vested in the Commissioner of Delhi Police (as per the Criminal procedure code or CrPC)

The erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) came into existence in April 1958 and subsequently, Deputy Commissioners had no role in municipal works. Later in January 2012, MCD was trifurcated into North, South and East MCD. Each of these 3 municipal corporations is headed by an IAS officer of the rank of Municipal Commissioner.

The skyline of New Delhi
The South Block in New Delhi houses the Indian defence and finance ministries.

List of Districts of Delhi[edit]

Below is the list of the 11 Districts and 33 Sub-divisions of Delhi (with effect from September 2012). All eleven districts of Delhi falls under the Delhi division.

Sl.No. District Headquarters Sub divisions (Tehsils)
1 New Delhi [5] Jamnagar House Chanakyapuri Delhi Cantonment Vasant Vihar
2 Central Delhi [6] Daryaganj Civil Lines Karol Bagh Kotwali
3 East Delhi Shastri Nagar Gandhi Nagar Mayur Vihar Preet Vihar
4 North Delhi [7] Alipur Alipur Model Town Narela
5 North East Delhi Nand Nagri Karawal Nagar Seelampur Yamuna Vihar
6 North West Delhi Kanjhawala Kanjhawala Rohini Saraswati Vihar
7 Shahdara Nand Nagri Seemapuri Shahdara Vivek Vihar
8 South Delhi [8] Saket Hauz Khas Mehrauli Saket
9 South East Delhi Defence Colony Defence Colony Kalkaji Sarita Vihar
10 South West Delhi Kapashera Dwarka Kapashera Najafgarh
11 West Delhi Shivaji Place Patel Nagar Punjabi Bagh Rajouri Garden

List of Municipalities in Delhi[edit]

There are five Municipalities (1 municipal council, 1 cantonment board, and 3 municipal corporations) in Delhi. These are as follows:

Municipality Jurisdiction
New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) New Delhi district (mainly Lutyens' Delhi)
Delhi Cantonment some part of South West Delhi district
North Delhi Municipal Corporation 6 Zones (City, Civil Lines, Karol Bagh, Narela, Paharganj and Rohini)
South Delhi Municipal Corporation 4 Zones (Central, South, West and Najafgarh)
East Delhi Municipal Corporation 2 Zones (North Shahdara and South Shahdara)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Department of Revenue, Government of Delhi".
  2. ^ "Delhi gets 15 new police stations, one new police district from January 1, 2019".
  3. ^ "General Information, Government of Delhi".
  4. ^ Two new districts added to Delhi in 2012
  5. ^ "Official website of New Delhi district".
  6. ^ "Official website of Central Delhi district".
  7. ^ "Official website of North Delhi district".
  8. ^ "Official website of South Delhi district".