DDA Transfers Land Parcel To L&DO For Delhi's Second Diplomatic Enclave
Updated on June 16:
The second Diplomatic Enclave, planned in Dwarka's Sector 24, has moved one step towards reality as Delhi Development Authority transfers a land parcel to the Land and Development Office.
The land parcel was identified by the Delhi Development Authority in 2007. It has 40 plots that were yet to be allotted.
"The parcel of land we had identified for the diplomatic enclave has been handed over to the Land and Development Office (L&DO). The ball is in its court now. And, so any further decision on the project would be taken by it (L&DO) only," a senior DDA official was reported as saying.
You read it right. Delhi will soon have a second Diplomatic Enclave. While the first Diplomatic Enclave is located in south Delhi's Chankyapuri area, the second one will be constructed in Dwarka's Sector 24. The decision comes after the Ministry of External Affairs cited the need for more land to diplomatic missions, chanceries and international agencies in the national capital was raised.
This was announced in a recent Union Cabinet meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As a part of the decision the Delhi Development Authority agreed to transfer 34.87 hectares of land in Dwarka to the Land and Development Office "for the purpose of proposed Second Diplomatic Enclave," an official statement said. It was in 2007 that land for the second Diplomatic Enclave was identified. Almost 40 plots have been demarcated in the area allotted.
The new Diplomatic Enclave, which will be developed on the lines of scenic Shanti Path, will be a part of the smart city being developed by Delhi Development Authority's ‘smart sub-city’ project.
In August 2015, the Ministry of External Affairs had approached New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) for the beautification and maintenance of the second Diplomatic Enclave similar to that of the scenic Shanti Path.
At present, the existing diplomatic enclave, which was developed by Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in 1950, is home to 60 diplomatic missions and embassies of nearly 39 countries. Many of these embassies also operate out of rented properties. These embassies will be the first on the priority list for allotment of space.