The Delhi Cantonment was established in the year 1914. Till Feb 1938, the Cantonment Board Delhi used to be known as Cantt authority. The area of the Cantonment is approx. 10, 521 acres. As per census 2011, the population of the Cantonment is 1, 16,352 (Provisional). Presently, the Cantonment is governed by the Cantonments Act, 2006 and various Policy letters and Instructions of the Ministry of Defence, Governmentof India issued from time to time. Though the Board functions as a local municipal body, yet it is under the administrative control of Directorate General Defence Estates, New Delhi and Principal Director, Defence Estates, Western Command, Chandigarh.