The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an agreement between India and Uruguay regarding cooperation and mutual assistance in Customs issues. In another decision, the cabinet also approved transfer of land from Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to Land and Development Office for development of proposed second Diplomatic Enclave in the national capital. The decisions were taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.
“The agreement will help in the availability of relevant information for prevention and investigation of Customs offences. The agreement is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries,” an official statement said. The draft agreement takes care of Indian Customs’ concerns and requirements, particularly in exchange of information on the correctness of the Customs value declared, authenticity of certificates of origin of goods and description of the goods traded between the two countries.
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The capital’s second diplomatic enclave was proposed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in 2007. The Cabinet approved “transfer of 34.87 hectares land in Sector 24, Dwarka, New Delhi, from the Delhi Development Authority to the Land and Development Office for the purpose of proposed Second Diplomatic Enclave”, an official statement said.
Currently, there is one Diplomatic Enclave in Chanakyapuri, where land has been allotted to the embassies by the Land and Development Office (L&DO). However, the Ministry of External Affairs had expressed need for more land for allotment to diplomatic missions and international organisations to build their chanceries and embassies in Delhi.
“For this, DDA has earmarked 34.87 hectares land in Sector 24, Dwarka, which will be transferred to L&DO. This will provide land for Second Diplomatic Enclave in the capital,” the statement said.