Narela sub-city is a tehsil located in the North West Delhi district of NCT of Delhi, and forms the border of the Delhi state with Haryana. Time zone in Narela is Asia/Calcutta Sunrise at 07:12 and Sunset at 17:30. It’s light Latitude 28.85°, Longitude. 77.1°. The area had a population about 501511. After independence, Narela was still a satellite township of Delhi, separated from the built-up area of the Delhi city by several miles of green area. It functioned under separate local bodies, though soon it was to be part of the Metropolitan District of Delhi. Over the years, its population-density grew rapidly as Delhi saw a large influx of population as the result of partition. In 1961, Narela was incorporated into Municipal Corporation of Delhi zone.
Narela Market was regularized in 1959, under the Bombay Agricultural Produce Marketing Act, 1939, and in the 1960s, it had a jurisdictional radius of 5 miles, yet produce from at least 40 villages was brought into the market, despite octroi charges, thus the effective transactional radius was about 15 miles. Thereafter under the Delhi Agricultural Produce Marketing Act, 1976, the first marketing committee of Narela was established by the Administrator of Delhi.
Due to the city beautification drive in Delhi in the recent years, many small scale industries from different part of Delhi has shifted to this Narela which hitherto remained as a waste land in the outskirts of Delhi. The sudden growth of industries in the area caused large scale migration to these areas and several new settlements have come up. Many of these are slum clusters and resettlements devoid of proper infrastructure and basic amenities.
The Education facility provided by the Government is also very marginal. There are Government run primary schools in each blocks, still only few children attend them. The condition of these schools is deplorable and the system is biased. Girls are not encouraged to attend school and are forced to sit back at home. Children who do not attend school also go out to work with their parents or go out for rag-picking while the others waste time doing other activities. The living condition is uncongenial. Various types of diseases are prevalent here like tuberculosis (especially among the rag pickers) cancer, diabetes, mental retardation, polio etc. The socio economic condition of the people is deplorable.
Chetanalaya introduced various programmes for the empowerment of women, promotion of the educational rights of children, development of skills of youth etc. were launched in Narela. Currently the area is having the interventions focusing the majorly affected JJ cluster colonies.
HIGHLIGHTS AS ON 31ST MARCH 2013
- 17 children in Pre-school.
- 86 children in non formal education centres
- 18 SHGs with 238 members
- Income generation activities for women
- Skill development initiatives for youth