City ministers focus on voters, turn down offer of new bungalows
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It has been six months since the construction of bungalows for city ministers was completed, but the houses are still waiting for their residents.
The reason: With the Assembly elections around the corner, ministers do not want to relocate away from their constituency.
Of the six bungalows that are ready and waiting, only one has been allotted — to chief whip of Congress Kanwar Karan Singh.
PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said: "I will not be moving as I live in my own accommodation. We have not received any request for allotment of these bungalows from any of the ministers till now. Everyone would like to live near their constituency before the elections. Allotment of these bungalows seems likely only after elections.''
Justifying allotment of a bungalow to Singh, a government official said following the recommendations of All India Chief Whip Conference, the Delhi Cabinet had decided to extend the facility to chief whips, including that of the Opposition, Sahib Singh Chauhan.
"One bungalow has been allotted to Kanwar Karan Singh as he is entitled to similar facilities of a minster,'' Chauhan said.
Constructed at a total cost of Rs 14 crore, four of the six bungalows are located at 8, Raj Niwas Marg and two are at 2, Attatur Rehman Lane — a few hundred yards away from the Lieutenant Governor's Office.
"The new bungalows have all modern amenities — imported marble flooring, modular kitchens, split air-conditioners in each room, separate rooms for servants and a huge lawn with a jogging track,'' a senior government official said.
These Type-VIII bungalows have five bedrooms each with a separate drawing-dining and a guest room. There are separate rooms for a minister's office and staff. Each bungalow has been built on an approximate area of 930 square metres.
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