‘Dwarka fastest-growing residential hub’

According to the Census 2011 data on houses, household amenities and assets released on Tuesday, Delhi's population growth slowed down between 2001 and 2011, as compared to the previous decade. Here are some of the findings in the the provisional population totals for 2011:

Decadal population growth stabilises

Delhi's population growth slowed down between 2001 and 2011, as compared to the decade before that, provisional Census counts show, offering hope that the mounting pressure on the Capital's infrastructure could ease.

Population growth that climbed to 47 per cent between 1991 and 2001, reduced by a little more than a half — to 21 per cent — over the last decade, according to the provisional Census.

The number of people in the Capital grew from 1.38 crore in 2001 to 1.68 crore in 2011. "It thus appears that the population growth of Delhi is now showing a tendency towards stabilisation," says the provisional Census document.

Delhi's population density, or the number of people living per square kilometre, increased from 9,340 people in 2001 to 11,297 in 2011, the data shows. Northeast Delhi is the most densely-populated district with as many as 37,346 people living per square kilometre.

New settlements in areas bordering Gurgaon

Southwest Delhi's population grew most over the last decade, riding on the rush of people to the highrise sub-city of Dwarka and of migrants working in Gurgaon who settled in areas bordering Haryana.

The population here surged from 17.55 lakh in 2001 to 22.92 lakh in 2011, a jump of 31 per cent, 10 percentage points more than the state average, according to the provisional statistics.

"The new sub-city of Dwarka, which has come up in the last 10 years, is a major factor leading to high growth here," it says.

New settlements have also mushroomed around Najafgarh and Bijwasan, which border Gurgaon. "They have become heavily populated due to tenants who are migrants mainly working in factories in Gurgaon and in the service sector both in Gurgaon and Delhi," the document says.

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