The Civil Lines is a residential area and one of the 3 subdivisions of the Central Delhi district of Delhi in India. It is one of the 12 zones under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. It was the hub of European-style hotels in the city until New Delhi came into being in 1911.[1] The official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is also located at Raj Niwas Marg, Civil Lines.

Civil Lines
Civil Lines is located in Delhi
Civil Lines
Civil Lines
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°40′46″N 77°13′34″E / 28.679368°N 77.226076°E / 28.679368; 77.226076
Country India
DistrictCentral Delhi
 • OfficialHindi, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Lok Sabha constituencyNorth Delhi
Civic agencyMCD

History edit

Map of Delhi showing location of Civil Lines

The name Civil Lines is a relic of British Raj times, when the city of Delhi was organized into separate areas where the British military and civilian buildings were located.[2] Areas, where civilians lived, were demarcated as Civil Lines. One monument of the British Raj era is the Metcalfe House, Delhi. This is where the administration and governance of the Indian Empire were conducted by nineteen Governor Generals (Viceroys) from Charles Hardinge to Lord Irwin at their offices housed in the Old Secretariat building on the Alipore Road, and the residence of these Governor Generals was the prestigious bungalow at 1.Alipore Road which was vacated by the British Indian government in 1930 to relocate the residence for succeeding viceroys at a palatial complex on the Raisina hill in Lutyens' Delhi known as the Viceroy's House. The bungalow at 1. Alipore Road today houses the Indraprastha College for Women. The Old Secretariat after 1931 housed the offices of the British Indian Army and the Post Master General and the adjoining Army Press. After independence, It became the seat of Delhi's Metropolitan Council and currently houses several offices of the Central Government like the Publications Department and offices of the Delhi Administration. The Viceroy's House today is the official residence of the Presidents of the Indian Republic and is called the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The offices of the Old Secretariat at Alipore Road were also relocated in 1931 to the New Secretarial Building at Lutyens' Delhi adjoining the Viceroy's House and is called the Central Secretariat today. One of the earliest modern hotels in Delhi was the Maidens Hotel, later Oberoi Maidens, built-in 1903. It was situated in the Civil Lines, where all European-style hotels were situated and the officers of British Raj stayed. Other hotels in the area were Swiss Hotel and Hotel Cecil, run by Robert Hotz family, which also owned Wildflower Hall and Cecil Hotel in Shimla. Hotel Cecil was later demolished and today St. Xavier's School stands on the location.[1][3]

Raj Niwas, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, the head of state of Delhi and National Capital Territory of Delhi, is located on Raj Niwas Marg in Civil Lines.[4] A children's home run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity lies north of Qudsia Bagh in Civil Lines. Civil Lines is quite a big area consisting of various colonies and offices. One of the main colonies is Delhi Police Staff Quarters which is just behind the Civil Lines Police Station.

Civil Lines is connected to Delhi University North Campus. It is now a developing district. It includes areas like:

  • Ata-ur-Rehman Lane
  • Court Road
  • Bhiku Ram Jain Marg (erstwhile Rajpur Road)
  • Sham Nath Marg (erstwhile Alipore Road)
  • Lala Bansidhar Gupta Road (erstwhile Under Hill Road) [5]
  • Under Hill Lane
  • Police Lines
  • Shankracharya Marg
  • Bela Road
  • Nuruddin Ahmad Lane
  • Raj Narain Road
  • Maharaja Lal Lane
  • Battery Lane
  • Prof. MM Agarwal Marg (erstwhile Jamna Marg/ Yamuna Road)[6]
  • Raj Niwas Road
  • Sri Ram Road
  • Flagstaff Road
  • North End Road
  • Racquet Court Road
  • Ram Kishore Road
  • Khyber Pass Market
  • Magazine Road
  • Sant Parmanand Hospital
  • Tirath Ram Shah Hospital
  • Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital
  • The National Institute of Communicable Diseases
  • The Indra Prastha College for Women

Surrounding areas edit

  • Delhi University, North Campus
  • Mukherjee Nagar: an educational hub, mostly known for S.S.C and I.A.S. coachings. It used to have a famous Batra Cinema.
  • Kingsway Camp: the main road of G.T.B. Nagar. It is a very congested market.
  • Timarpur: residential bungalows and multi-story apartment blocks of the Central Government and the Delhi Administration employee. It includes a private residential colony called the Benarasi Dass Estate aka the BD Estate
  • BD Estate Market. It also houses the Delhi Metro Khyber Pass Terminal and train maintenance yards. Site for an upcoming large multi-story private residential complex called La Tropicana.
  • Radio Colony: a housing colony for employees of All India Radio
  • Dhir Pur: a small and congested village near Rosary School
  • Dhaka Village: a concentration of rental housing for students
  • Gandhi Ashram, Delhi: a green open area, sometimes having a "Khadi Mela". Once Mahatma Gandhi visited it.
  • Parmanand Colony: Most of the Sikhs and Punjabis live here.
  • Model Town: an affluent neighborhood with a popular shopping district with many branded showrooms
  • Munshi Ram Colony/Dairy: a residential area adjacent to Parade Marg and Sant Nirankari Public School
  • Nirankari Colony

Transport edit

The Civil Lines underground station of the Delhi Metro services the area. The station harbors the yellow line. This residential area is also close to Kashmere Gate metro station, which harbors three metro lines. Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT) is very close to the colony.

Notable people edit

  • Residence of the current Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal
  • Residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
  • Residence of Late Qimat Rai Gupta (founder of Havells) and Anil Rai Gupta, MD Havells India
  • Residence of Late PN Dhar (Economic Advisor to Late Indira Gandhi) and Late Sheila Dhar (Noted Author and Cultural Icon of Delhi)
  • Residence of Yuvraj Narayan, Group Deputy CEO, Board Member and CFO, DP World, Dubai
  • Residence of Sumant Kathpalia, CEO IndusInd Bank
  • Residence of Arvind Kathpalia, President and Group Chief Risk Officer, Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • Former Residence of Sekhar Bahadur, Vice Chairman - Global Banking, Deutsche Bank
  • Former Residence of Madhav Dhar, Founder and Former Head, Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Division
  • Former Residence of Noted Journalist Vinod Dua and Comedian Mallika Dua
  • Food writer and TV personality Madhur Jaffrey was born here.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "'Lodged' in the heart of New Delhi". Hindustan Times. 30 August 2011. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011.
  2. ^ Civil Lines
  3. ^ "Pin Code of Civil Lines Delhi". Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Home-Lieutenant Governor Secretariat". Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Google Maps".
  6. ^ "Google Maps".