is a sub city, located in the South West Delhi
district of the National Capital Territory
. It is named after the legendary Dwaraka Kingdom
Some parts of modern day Dwarka historically came under the colony
of Pappan Kalan
, which are now being developed under the
'Urban Expansion Projects' of the Delhi Development Authority
of the largest residential areas in Asia
, it is
supposed to have a "Zero Tolerance" policy towards common misuses
of land and the transgressions of any existing laws and
regulations, such as encroachments, which are frequently thought to
be flouted in other parts of Delhi. It is also frequently referred
to as the "Model Township" and is also thought to be the cleanest
of all parts of Delhi and nearby townships.
Recently, the construction of the Indo-American Hospital has been
started in dwarka.
- The sub-city is located in southwest Delhi in the vicinity of
International and Domestic airports.
- It is bounded by NH-8, Outer Ring Road, Najafgarh Road, Pankha
Road, and the Rewari railway line.
End, Vasant Kunj, Vikas Puri, Vasant
Vihar, Janakpuri residential areas and Delhi cantonment are the
other major surrounding areas in west/south west Delhi.
- It is
a short distance from Gurgaon.
- Dwarka has a robust and well connected road network built to
modern specifications to each of its sectors and adjoining
- The sub city is well connected by metro rail with the city
center and other major parts of the city by MRTS. The work to
connect Dwarka with Connaught Place / ITO is now complete. There
are a total of 8 metro stations in Dwarka and two more under
construction (the highest for any colony).
- The sub city will be connected to the mother city by 4 major
roads from all directions.
- If entering from the north, a 45 meter wide road connecting
Pankha Road partly by covering Palam drain. Work was completed and
the road opened for the public in 2007.
- If entering from the west, a 60 meter wide road connecting
Najafgarh Road is constructed.
- If entering from the east, a 45 meter wide road through
Cantonment area with a fly-over near Palam. The fly over and road
were opened for the public in 2006.
- If entering from the southeast, a 60 meter wide road from NH-8
(with a rail underpass). The road was already constructed.
- Dwarka is expected to be connected to Gurgaon by metro in the
near future due to its close proximity to the NCR town.
Population and Area
- Population - 1,000,000
- Total area - 5648 ha.
- Area (Phase - I) - 1964 ha.
- Area (Phase - II) - 1996 ha.
- Existing built up - 1688 ha.
- Dwarka project is planned with 29 sectors.
- The land use distribution of Dwarka follows a distinct
hierarchical pattern from sub-city level to sector level. The land
use distribution is as under:
- The sub-city provides housing for about 500,000 families. Many
of these families have not yet been able to move into their flats
because of impending court orders which have so far failed to give
relief to the thousands of people who are still stranded as a
result of a C.G.H.S scam. Some however have pointed towards a
"Builders Lobby" around the NCR region which they claim has
intentionally tried to blockade court orders which would allow
people to move in to Dwarka as a way to maintain demand for housing
in the adjoining areas of Delhi, particularly Gurgaon, Noida and
Ghaziabad and other areas of Delhi. The Registrar of
Cooperative Societies, Delhi has issued a list of 48
societies(CGHS) cleared for allotment. Recently another list of 57
societies(CGHS) have been cleared by Delhi High Court, however
their allotment process may take some time.
The affected members of this scam have formulated an association
called Association of Cooperative Affected Members (AOCAM) to fight
for expediting the flat allotment process for these
During last week of May, 2009 RCS/Secretary cooperative department
of Delhi Government has asked for advise on allotment process for
the 57 societies from Law department of Delhi Government specially
with respect of charge sheeted members and those who have contested
CBI charge sheet. Law department had provided the response in the
month of October'2009. Subsequent to that the allotment of flats to
cooperative members is still held up. RCS department has posted a
public notice for 57 societies to submit their documents in
October'09. Most of the societies from among 57 societies have
already submitted their documents but RCS has not scruitinized nor
forwarded the same to Chopra commettee.
Allotment process still remains in abeyance with RCS/cooperative
department of Delhi Government, till that time about about 6000
families which are part of these 57 societies will continue to
suffer by living in rented homes and paying EMI for the loan for
- Co-operative Group housing forms a major component of housing
type in Dwarka.
- Each of the residential sectors has been envisaged to be self
contained communities and has been designed for a population of
about 30,000 each.
- Area of each sector is about 81 ha. (900 m x 900 m)
- Each sector is bounded on all sides by arterial roads of 45 m
and 60 m.wide
- From arterial roads only 4 entries have been taken into the
sector at a minimum distance of 450 m.
- A network of cycle tracks and pedestrian pathways has been
proposed within each sector which link the housing clusters and
their facilities within each sector.
- All sectors are proposed to have a mix of housing of various
socio-economic groups. Though owing to the crime rate, which the
local police has had little success in combating despite the number
of police stations, it has been observed that only housing schemes
of the middle upper income groups be given preference too.
- Sector 16b and 17a are the new booming areas within the sub
city as the areas has seen various universities being established
in recent times.
Pizza Hut outlet in Sector 5,
has the Netaji Subhas Institute of
Technology , a flagship engineering college of the Delhi
- Dwarka has witnessed a massive retail boom in the past couple
of years with major brands now having set up shop in the sub city.
The price of commercial space has skyrocketed in recent times and
is expected to rise further as more middle and upper class
residents begin to move in.
- The commercial hub of the city will be developed along the
proposed Metro Railway line (MRTS) in a linear form.
- Until recently the commercial zone in Dwarka consists of two
major markets in sector 6 and 10. Newer markets like Ashirwad chowk
- which is the juncture of sectors 12, 11, 4 & 5 have recently
- The entire commercial spine is connected to different sectors
of Dwarka by 60 m and 45 m roads, which are the major bus
- The location of the district center is of special significance,
since this will be the major work and commercial center in
- Dwarka however lacks well behind in terms of commercial office
space infrastructure and business investments compared to other NCR
towns like Gurgaon and Noida. This is mainly because Dwarka has
never had a real policy as regards to its zoning for commercial
activity for use other than for retail. Gurgaon and Noida both
known as prominent outsourcing hubs in contrast have attracted a
large number of multinational companies to set up offices in its
township vastly transforming its skyline in a span years.
The sub-city has been planned for an environment of convenience
which contains essential facilities and services at different
levels namely health, education, safety and security, cultural, and
communication etc. Drinking and potable water is a big problem, as
Delhi Jal Board and DDA have created a mess of water distribution
though the situation is still considered to be better than in other
NCR towns like Gurgaon or Noida.
- The Landscape concept of Dwarka evolves a system of open spaces
which have the potential to develop into a landscape with
distinctive visual qualities, fulfilling the required ecological
and recreational functions.
- The location and alignment of existing landscape features have
been used to structure the development.
- Advantage has been taken of topographic assets such as the
natural drainage as well as major city level open spaces along
these corridors, integrating existing landscape and new
- Essentially the proposed landscape comprises the following
interlinked but hierarchical distinct components.
- The informal naturalistic component along Najafgarh drain,
serving a regional recreation function.
- The more formal and organized component serving as a local
space system on the East-west drainage corridors.
- The open space system within the sectors and neighborhood.
- About 35% of Dwarka has been earmarked for green space
- Metro based system will be the major mover of the people within
- 10 Metro stations in the Dwarka sub-city. 2 stations are under
construction and metro is running in 8 stations.
- Bus based public transport system will also be the primary mode
of transportation of the people in Dwarka.
- Inter-state-bus terminal(I.S.B.T) has been planned near Sector
- The basic road network has been planned both to supplement and
compliment the metro based system.
- Cycle tracks and pedestrian pathways passing through green
areas have been proposed.
- Major DTC Bus Routes operating in and out of Dwarka are 578,
764, 717, 721, 722, 724E, 752, 761, 778, 801, RL-75, RL-77, RL-79
etc. In addition to this there are other DTC Buses operating with
- DTC Bus Route no. 764 - the most frequent bus service to Dwarka
is for last few months under constant scrutiny due to the poor
condition of 764 buses, overcrowding of the blue line buses, longer
route through Palam Village and negligence by the government to
start High Capacity Low Floor Green/ Red AC buses on the
The upcoming projects in Dwarka include:
- Delhi's 5th and largest ISBT at Sector 23.
- 7 Sports Complexes have been planned in the sub city, of which
1 has been constructed by DDA and is fully functional.
- India's largest Exhibition and Convention Center to be built by
DLF in Sector 24 by 2010.
- New Delhi's second diplomatic enclave after Chanakya Puri to
come up are in Sectors 26 to 29. The diplomatic enclave will house
embassies of at least 39 nations.
- Several 5 and 7 star hotels have also been planned across the
sub city. Most likely to come up before the Commonwealth Games in