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The office of the Directorate General, Defence Estates is the Headqarters of the Indian Defence Estates Service in the Ministry of Defence. DGDE provides critical and advisory inputs to the Services as well as to Ministry of Defence in formulating policies, Rules and Regulations etc. in respect of management of defence lands and Cantonment administration all over India. The DGDE also ensures implementation of such polices , Rules and Regulations etc.The DGDE has other important functions to perform like responding to VIP representations, Parliament Questions, proposals for amendments to existing legislation on Cantonment administration and defence land management. The DGDE has under its administration various field formations like the Directorates of Defence Estates, Cantonment Board and Defence Estates Offices.


It is located in “Raksha Sampada Bhawan” close to the Delhi Airport on Palam Road in Delhi Cantt.

Regional HQrs

There are 5 Regional HQrs familiarly known as Directorates, Defence Estates headed by Principal Directors, Defence Estates functioning under this HQrs and having their offices at 5 places , namely- (1)Central Command Lucknow Cantt. (2) Southern Command Pune Cantt. (3) Western Command- Chandigarh (4) Eastern Command Kolkata and (5) Northern Command - Jammu Cantt. Each Directorate has Staff officers like Directors/Joint Directors etc. and other officials to assist the Principal Director.

Field Offices

There are 62 Cantonment Boards all over the Country and they are responsible for all the municipal duties and defence land administration work in their respective Cantonment areas. The Cantonment Executive Officer who functions as Secretary to the Cantt Board is under the administrative control of the Command HQrs and this HQrs. There are also 30 Defence Estates Circle offices looking after the work of Defence land management and the circles are geographically divided. The Defence Estates Officers are also under the administrative control of Command HQrs and this HQrs.


There is one Training Institute known as National Institute of Defence Estates Management (NIDEM) headed by a Director which is responsible for imparting training in land administration and municipal administration to the officers of the Service and staff including the Cantonment Board officials. This Institute is under the administrative control of this HQrs.