Shahpur Jat

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Shahpur Jat
CountryIndia
StateDelhi
DistrictSouth Delhi
MetroNew Delhi
Languages
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Planning agencyMunicipal Corporation of Delhi

Shahpur Jat is an urban village in South Delhi, located near Hauz Khas and within one of the ancient capital cities of Delhi, Siri Fort.

History[edit]

Ruins of Siri Fort wall.

When the Siri Fort was abandoned, Jats moved to the Shahpur Jat area, being attracted to the fertile lands.[1]

Demography[edit]

Presently the demography of Shahpur Jat is mainly composed of Jats who were the zamindars (land owners) of the area.[2] Balmiki, Baniya and Gujjars are also residents of the village. In 1965, the land was acquired by Central Government to construct Asiad Village. Increasingly people from other places in India are moving into the urban village and also foreigners are attracted by the low rents, parking space, lifestyle, monuments and green belt.

Architecture[edit]

Baradari in Shahpur Jat.

Shahpur Jat is a very old village featuring traditional havelis and the remains of the historical capital city Siri Fort, such as the stretches of the thick city walls, all surrounded by 20th century apartment and office buildings.[3] The area is currently[when?] undergoing urban greening and rejuvenation, partially due to the activities of local NGOs.[citation needed]

Startup Culture[edit]

Due to the exceptionally low rents in the area, and its proximity to the premier institutes like Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD) and National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Shahpur Jat has attracted many startups and boutiques like KleverKid, Avanti, Holidify, Eckovation, Consure Medical, etc.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Hang out in...Shahpur Jat".[dead link] Mayank Austen Soofi, Hindustan Times. New Delhi, 10 December 2010.
  2. ^ Bhaat ki Pothi in Avadhi Language. "Shahpur Jat: A Village Displaced". New Delhi
  3. ^ Lucy Peck. "Delhi - A Thousand Years of Building". New Delhi: Roli Books Pvt Ltd, 2005.

Coordinates: 28°33′N 77°13′E / 28.550°N 77.217°E / 28.550; 77.217