Districts of Delhi

Delhi District MapThe national capital Delhi is the seat of control supervising the administrative, judicial and any other activity of the states of India. The National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT Delhi) is divides into nine districts. These nine districts are headed by a deputy magistrate and each district has three sub divisions. These nine districts are Central Delhi, North Delhi, South Delhi, East Delhi, North East Delhi, South West Delhi, New Delhi, North West Delhi and West Delhi.

District Divisions of Delhi


These nine districts came into being from January 1997. Before that, Delhi used to have only one district for the entire Delhi with its headquarters in Tis-Hazari. Districts along with their headquarters and sub divisions:

Central Delhi District
Headquarters: Daryaganj
Sub divisions: Pahar Ganj, Karol Bagh and Daryaganj

North Delhi District
Headquarters: Sadar Bazar
Sub divisions: Sadar Bazar, Kotwali & Civil Lines

South Delhi District
Headquarters: Saket
Sub divisions: Kalkaji, Defence Colony & Hauz Khas

East Delhi District
Headquarters: Preet Vihar
Sub divisions: Preet Vihar,  Vivek Vihar and Gandhi Nagar

North East Delhi District
Headquarters: Shahdara
Sub divisions: Seelampur, Shahdara & Seema Puri

South West Delhi District
Headquarters: Dwarka
Sub divisions: Vasant Vihar, Najafgarh & Delhi Cantontment

New Delhi
Headquarters: Connaught Place
Sub divisions: Connaught Place, Parliament Street & Chanakya Puri

North West Delhi District
Headquarters: Kanjhawala
Sub divisions: Saraswati Vihar, Narela & Model Town

West Delhi District
Headquarters: Rajouri Garden
Sub divisions: Patel Nagar, Punjabi Bagh & Dwarka

Districts Organizational Setup in Delhi


The districts are headed by Deputy Commissioner in addition to an Additional District Magistrate, Sub Divisional Magistrates, Tehsildars and Sub-Registrar under the Commissioner. The administration of the district performs activities on various fields of administrative, judiciary and other areas of work. It also performs relief and rehabilitations works, election conduction, and activities relating to land acquisition. The Delhi District Administration can be said to be the de-facto enforcement department all government policies. It has supervisory powers over all functionaries of the Government.

District Administration Functions in Delhi


Some of the functions under different branches of the Delhi District Administration include:

  • The Delhi District Administration carries out revenue functions like land record maintenance, supervision and evaluation of revenue cases, settlement activities and also acts as a custodian for public land property. According to revenue laws of Delhi, the Deputy Commissioners and the Additional District Magistrates act as collectors and additional collectors respectively. The Assistant Collector posts are designated to the Sub Divisional Magistrates and are primarily responsible for regular revenue duties.
  • The district administration also oversees various certificate issuing and registration work like property documents registration, share certificates and other certification work. The sub divisional magistrates are authorized to issue statutory certificates like the SC/ST certificate, OBC certificate and Nationality certificate among others.
  • The Commissioners and Magistrates of Delhi District Administration work as election officers and other election profiles during the time of elections. The deputy commissioners work as district election officers for the parliamentary constituencies and the additional district magistrates as returning officers of assembly constituencies. The sub divisional magistrates’ act as electoral registration officers of the voters list and the respective district officers supervises the conduction of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The district administration as a whole is primarily responsible for the overall supervision of the elections.
  • The magistrates and commissioners of Delhi district administration are responsible for maintaining and controlling preventive section rules of code and criminal procedure. They also supervise cases of unnatural women deaths occurred within seven years of marriage. In these cases, they are also entitled to provide directions to the police regarding the case registration. They exercise Executive Magistrates powers and as such are also actively involved in conduct enquires into different cases relating to major accidents and deaths in police stations.
  • Under the Special Marriage Act and Hindu Marriage Act, the commissioners and magistrates are entitled the powers of registrars of marriage wherein they direct and supervise the registration of marriages.
  • The department of relief and rehabilitation is solely responsible for providing relief and rehabilitation services to people during natural and man-made calamities. They are also responsible for providing disaster management training and education to the common people and conducting awareness programmes for the public. The department also maintain and supervise immigrant camps.

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    Tanmoy Chakraworty from Delhi 1137 Days ago

    I was not knowing that there are so many district in Delhi. I was thinking that Delhi is very small city and i think that the smooth communication is the main reason behind it because we travel many kilometer with an hour by metro and buses. so it seems that it is small city.

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