Outer Delhi: New housing option
The city's population grew at a rate of 21.2% in the past decade, reveals the Delhi Cenus 2011 data released by the Director of Census Operations, National Capital Territory of Delhi, today. The highest growth was registered in southwest and northwest Delhi at 30.6% and 27.8%.india Updated: Jun 12, 2013 01:46 IST
The city's population grew at a rate of 21.2% in the past decade, reveals the Delhi Cenus 2011 data released by the Director of Census Operations, National Capital Territory of Delhi, on Tuesday. The highest growth was registered in southwest and northwest Delhi at 30.6% and 27.8%.
Once a part of Delhi's cultivated area, large tracts of agricultural land in outer Delhi - northwest and southwest - now provide housing to a huge population. No wonder that many unauthorised colonies have come up in these two districts.
In the first list of 917 unauthorised colonies that got the Delhi government's nod for regularisation, the southwest district had the highest number of colonies at 208. The northwest district was closely behind with 161 unauthorised colonies.
"A number of farmers sold off their agricultural land and new colonies came up on that land. Many people - who had migrated from other states to Delhi and those who had been living in Delhi for several years but did not have their own house - bought properties in these colonies. This explains the spurt in population in these two districts," said a senior official, who was part of the census programme.
Since huge tracts of land in these areas are still vacant and are still being used for agricultural purposes, the density of population here is among the lowest in Delhi. While the density in southwest Delhi is 5,446 people per square kilometre, in northwest, it is 8,254.
Being largely commercial, New Delhi has the lowest density of population with just 4,057 people per square kilometre. According to the census report, Saraswati Vihar, a sub-division in the northwest district, has the largest population at 22.5 lakh people. Hastsal, a part of southwest Delhi, is the most populous municipal ward with 1.45 lakh people.
Last 10 years have also seen several rural villages becoming urbanised. The count of such villages has nearly doubled from 59 in 2001 to 110 in 2011.