NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday approved the transfer of 34.87 hectares of land for setting up a second diplomatic enclave in Dwarka in New Delhi to house chanceries and embassies.
“To enable emergence of a new diplomatic enclave in Dwarka, the Union Cabinet chaired by prime minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved transfer of 34.87 hectares of land from Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to the Land & Development Office in the Ministry of Urban Development,” an official statement said.
The external affairs ministry had asked for more land for allotment to diplomatic missions and international organizations for building their chanceries/embassies in Delhi and for this DDA has earmarked land in Dwarka.
Fourty-two plots have been carved out for the new diplomatic enclave, categorised into two types. While the 21 of them will have a size of 2,000 square metre, the remaining 21 will be 1,500 square metre in size.
The present Diplomatic Enclave is located in the Chanakyapuri area in the national capital, housing over 60 countries comprising embassies and consulates. Thirty-nine countries have rented properties in South Delhi, and the preference of allotment in the new diplomatic enclave is likely to be given to these countries first.
Development of Diplomatic Enclave in Delhi was initiated in 1949 on 328 hectares of land and an additional 132 hectares was added as Diplomatic Enclave Extension in 1953. Of this total 460 hectares, 147 hectares has been allotted to 76 missions and embassies. The rest of 317 hectares of land has been utilized for parks, roads, infrastructure, schools, hospitals and residential plots.
At present, there is no land available in the Diplomatic Enclave in Chanakyapuri for allotment to foreign missions and embassies.