Shahpur Jat

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Shahpur Jat
Neighbourhood
Country India
State Delhi
District South Delhi
Metro New Delhi
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Planning agency Municipal 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.

Siri Fort, the third city of Delhi, was built at the beginning of the 14th century CE by the second sultan of the Turko-Afghan Khilji dynasty Alauddin Khilji. Nearby Hauz Khas was built as a large water reservoir for this city. Probably when Siri Fort was abandoned later, 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 .[2] 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 undergoing urban greening and rejuvenation, partially due to the activities of local NGOs.

Startup Culture[edit]

Due to the exceptionally low rents in the area, and its proximity to the premier institutes like Jawaharlal Nehru University Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and National Institute of Fashion Technology, 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". Mayank Austen Soofi, Hindustan Times. New Delhi, December 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Bhaat ki Pothi in Avadhi Language. "Shahpur Jat: A Village Displaced". New Delhi in 1978 before that they are the Land Owner's Zamindar, all land was acquired by Central Government in 1965 and start constructing Asiad Village and Ridge in 1978 previously part of Shahpur Jat Village.
  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