Roorkee Cantonment was established in the year 1853 with a total area of 1176 acres. As per the 2011 Census, the total population of the Cantonment is 14356. Roorkee Cantonment is a category II Cantonment, in accordance with Cantt., Act, 2006.
Election : Election for all the seven wards was held on 18-05-2008. In accordance of Cantonment Act, 2006, two wards of Roorkee Cantonment viz II and VII were reserved for women. No ward is reserved for SC/ST.
Roorkee Cantt. is the Head Quarters of the Indian Army’s BENGAL ENGINEERING GROUP AND CENTRE/BENGAL SAPPERS (Affectionately called as God’s Own). The BEG & C have the unique distinction of being the only army’s group affiliated with both the Navy and the Air Force. The acievements of the group during times of peace are no less renowned than those during war. It won laurels by constructing the Upper Ganga Canal, building roads and bridges at high altitudes and undertaking the management of natural calamities and disasters in different parts of the country. Important projects undertaken by the group include construction of Upper Ganga Canal, The Thomason Engineering College (Now IIT Roorkee), The trunk road between Kolkata and Nagpur and the GT Road.
The BEG & C Roorkee is one of the oldest army units of the country and has become a legend of valour, service and sacrifice. Capt. Tom Wood raised Bengal Pioneers in Kanpur (U.P.) in 1803. After this, Bengal Sappers was founded in 1819. Afterwards, both these organisations were merged into one known as BEG & C and it’s head quarter was established at Ludhiana (Punjab), which later on, in 1853, was shifted to Roorkee, now known as BEG & C Roorkee, Bengal Sappers Roorkee or Roorkee Cantt.
The BEG & C Roorkee has the proud distinction of earning hundreds of coveted honours and military awards including Padm Vibhushan, Padmshri, Victoria Cross, Military Cross, Indian Order of Merit, Very Special Medal, Special Service Medal, Kirti Chakra and Arjun Awards, during war times.