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Do you know how the urban landscape evolved in Delhi?


With being the capital of the Indian territory (before independence) since 1911 after the Delhi Durbar for coronation of the imperial monarch George V, and its designation as national capital for Govt. of India since 1947, the city of New Delhi hasn’t undergone any drastic changes up till 1991.

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With being the capital of the Indian territory (before independence) since 1911 after the Delhi Durbar for coronation of the imperial monarch George V, and its designation as national capital for Govt. of India since 1947, the city of New Delhi hasn’t undergone any drastic changes up till 1991. Post 1991 economic reforms and subsequent opening up of Indian economy for foreign companies, it kickstarted the campaign for migrating workers/labourers, a big infrastructure push and more significantly a need for newer housing and market avenues for the working middle class. This change marked the alteration of Delhi urban landscape which has since been evolving more rapidly since the beginning of 21st century.

Earlier centered around the Connaught circus and Lutyens Delhi as a commercial and financial centre, the NCT of Delhi has evolved into a multi-sectoral, all encompassing metropolis with a per capita income of nearly 2,30,000 Rupees as per Govt. of India 2013 budgetary estimates. Now Delhi is a home to 16,787,941 people (Census 2011) living in 4,605,555 (Census 2011) houses with a growth of 36.26% since 2001 census readings. Such statistics showcases the rapid amount of landscape evolution taking place in Delhi since the beginning of this millennium. With 11 district centres in New Delhi, there has been an asymmetry in respective evolution of these districts, with few converting from satellite towns to mainstream housing centres, and few from shabby markets to district commercial hubs.

The central district of New Delhi consisting majorly of Connaught Circus, Chanakyapuri, Delhi Cantt. And Vasant Vihar remains more or less a status quo-istic territory. Very minute changes have taken place in this region because of lack of fallow space, high cost of real estate and higher regulation of authorities because of presence of diplomatic enclaves. This district centre still commands the lead in respect of commercial and financial hub as Connaught Circus leads it in a big way as the largest and costliest commercial centre in North India.

North Delhi has a peculiar history because of presence of the historic Kingsway camp and a number of refugee colonies served as residential avenues for migrating refugees from Pakistan during partition. Forthwith, the presence of Delhi University in the area makes way for a huge economically prospective avenue for house renting, marketplace, education related ventures and student-hangout places. Serving for the problem of traffic congestion in the area, a new multi-level parking and an underground parking construction is underway near Kamla Nagar market and Mukherjee nagar respectively.

North-West Delhi and South-West Delhi cloned their respective evolution as they evolved in a very similar manner as centres for affordable and accessible housing societies for the working middle class those have migrated from far away places for work. North-West Delhi houses Rohini and Saraswati Vihar and South-West Delhi bearing Dwarka with full line metro connectivity makes them centres for housing urban middle class. Recently keeping in consideration of the demands of the populace, newer housing projects in sector 24-28 of Rohini and L-zone (Dwarka) also nearby the Dwarka expressway are under construction which could expand the horizons of NCT of Delhi to greater expanse in the northwest and the southwest.

West Delhi bears the residential hub of Punjabi Bagh, educational areas of Patel Nagar and commercial hub of Rajouri garden. Deep-sited congestion and recent reports (AQI index by CPCB) of bad quality of air in the area disillusioned homemakers and marketeers thereby drifting them away from the centre. But Rajouri Garden extension seems promising on the foot of housing and small marketplace and is under development. Patel Nagar seeks congregation of coaching hubs and is developing as a student area much similar to North Delhi’s development.

North East Delhi, East Delhi and Shahdra maintained as a connecting link between Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi houses huge NCR migrated population. Moreover its connectivity with the city of NOIDA makes it a sprawling destination for all kinds of economic activity. But recently on command of the national green tribunal, some construction work has been halted due to environmental concerns as it bears the protected zones of the holy Yamuna river. But more significantly new projects near mayur Vihar and more importantly new Govt. residential flat being created near Mansarovar park makes the this unit of Delhi promising.

South Delhi and Central Delhi remains unchangeable due to environmental considerations for the former, and lack of space for the latter. South Delhi bears deer parks and many heritage sites which has a capability of halting the construction work due to Governmental regulation, but still newer hangout places on the line of Hauz Khas is emerging at Defence colony and also near JNU and Saket which could bolster the economic sentiment of the region for prospective development.


With naming of NDMC as a smart city in 2015 and similar in-line projects such as L-zone at Dwarka and sector 11 DDA smart city project, the NCT of Delhi is set for a rapid change in its urban landscape network which will be unprecedented. More recently Burari, Samaypur Badli and Jahangirpuri started developing as a push-up housing location due to its proximity with Haryana and more importantly Ambala, Patiala and  Karnal which are developed economic centres in themselves. Upcoming Phase III metro projects of Majlis Park-Shivpur and Escorts Mujesar connectivity seeks to overhaul the respective areas to new hubs for NCT of Delhi’s extension and thus would generate newer demands for housing, commercial complexes and eco-zones for boosted economic activity.

The NCT of Delhi whose housing density grew at a whopping 36.26% in the starting decade of this millennium, is envisaged and destined to grow at even more rapid pace in the upcoming decade till 2030, thus a more extravagant, exorbitant and rapid changes in the urban landscape of Delhi is an inevitable exercise waiting to happen which will boost the demand of the real estate market humongously, and that in tandem calls for a prospective investment in the business !

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