Trees, clean air, pure water and green open spaces.

"That's what makes a city worth living in"

Northern Ridge

The development of Delhi provided in the Master Plan provides for lung spaces with extensive open spaces in the form of various greens. DDA has retained the natural features such as ridge, green belts etc. and developed open spaces so as to contain the growing population of this metropolitan city. Out of the total urban areas of 44777 hectares, 8722 hectares has been marked for green/recreational purpose.

As per MPD 2001, 8422 ha. of land has been reserved for the Greens. Although the green area in Delhi is managed by different agencies DDA has the largest role to play with over 5050.97 ha. under its jurisdiction.

A comparative chart is given:
Cities Green areas under DDA
Bangalore 13.57
Hyderabad 9.21
Bikaner 2.63
Kanpur 16.80
Allahabad 2.98
Kolkata 7.00
Delhi 19.00

Along side the development of urban extension areas with colonies like Dwarka, Rohini and Narela, DDA is taking special interest in nurturing the greens in these urban extension areas. A overview of these efforts can be had from the data:

Green areas under DDA
Area Ha.
Total area of Union Territory of Delhi 148639
Urban area as per Master Plan 44777
Recreational Use 8722
Total green area under the jurisdiction of DDA 5050.97

Green in Urban Extension Project
Area Ha.
Dwarka 1034.00
Rohini Phase I & II 224.70
Narela 1029.00

Carefully planning the greening of Delhi, DDA works towards its goal by meticulously dividing the plan into a level of hierarchies, detailed in the Master Plan. Thus the greening project is categorized into:

  • Regional Parks
  • District Parks
  • Neighborhood Parks
  • City Forests
  • Historical Landscapes
  • Sports Complexes
  • Landmark Greens
  • Green Belts
  • Tot Lots etc
The scenario of Development of Greens for last 15 years is as per below
Areas Developed till
Developed till
District Park 342.2 acres 820.65 acres
M.P. Greens/
Green Strips
289.00 acres 1908.00 acres
N.H. Parks 139.13 acres 349.63 acres
Parks/TotLots 147.28 acres 143.41 acres

Prestigious Projects Designed & Implemented:

  • Swaranjayanti Park at Rohini - 100ha.
  • Millennium Park, Ring Road, Sarai Kale Khan - 83 ha.
  • Upgradation & ecological development of Hauz Khas Deer Park Recreational Complex.
  • Heritage projects like; Qila Rai Pithora, Mehrauli Complex, Ashoka Edict, Purana Qila etc.
  • Landscape development of area around Tughlaqabad.
  • Planning & Designing of major greens in Dwarka, Rohini & Narela.
  • Designing of Sports Complexes by DDA in Delhi; 13 are operational & one is under development.
  • Golf Course development at Lado Sarai.
  • Organising Garden Festival/Exhibition & Seminars/workshops on Landscape & Environment.
  • Bio-Diversity park at Wazirabad under development.
  • Planning of Aastha Kunj.
  • Proposed Aravalli bio-diversity park at Vasant Vihar.

DDA spends approximately Rs. 40.00 crores every year for developing new greens and also for maintaining already developed greens. Usually the green lots or parks after development of a particular colony are shifted to the local civic bodies for maintenance but bigger greens are retained by DDA for up-keep and maintenance. No taxes or any grants are received for maintenance of these greens. This is a healthy gesture from DDA to citizens of Delhi. Further plans to improve the environment of Delhi include shifting of the wholesale fruit market, handling traffic congestion, introducing a medium capacity transport system, creating a gods terminal at Mori Gate, protecting and developing the ridge, developing the Yamuna River Front into a green area, decongesting the old city.

Some of the landmarks in green development are:

  • Swaran Jayanti Park recently developed at Rohini.
  • Deer Park , at Hauz Khas
  • Jamali Kamali Park at Mehrauli
  • District Park at Dwarka.
  • Sanjay Lake in the East Delhi.
  • Indraprastha Park along Ring Road.
  • District Park, Kanti Nagar

  City Forests  
  Landscapes around Heritage Site  
  Sports Facilities  
  Landmark Greens