New Delhi: Southwest Delhi's Bijawasan and Bamnauli villages will now be taken over by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to construct a posh diplomats' enclave near Dwarka which will now look like the upscale Chanakyapuri.
DDA will take over 222 hectares for the new diplomatic enclave. The DDA will also built the Dwarka Subcity Phase II, which will have residential scheme in sectors 27, 28 and 29.
Delhi's Master Plan 2021 says that Dwarka phase II will be built over 1996 hectares, much bigger than the 1,688 hectares in phase one. Each sector in phase I has about 81 hectare and houses 30,000 people in each sector.
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In 2004, DDA proposed the plan, but two years later 30 farm-house owners obtained a stay on construction. The farmhouse owners told the court their land had been sanctioned under the Delhi Master Plan and that the maintenance of a green area near the Delhi airport was needed.
But the Ministry of External Affairs and the Urban Development Ministry is now happy with DDA getting the final nod from the High Court. At one point of time, the government even planned to scale down the project of diplomatic enclave to just 34 hectares.
Now, even after getting the green signal, the government still cannot start the work as the villagers still have a month's time to appeal to the Lieutenant Governor.
The diplomatic enclave of Chankayapuri houses more than 60 diplomatic missions. But still there are embassies of 39 countries, which function from rented apartments in other South Delhi colonies. These embassies would be the first to get the priority in the new diplomatic area.