Six bungalows ready, but ministers donít want to move
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The Delhi government is ready with six bungalows for its ministers, but as yet no one has come forward to take up the offer.
The Type-VIII bungalows, located in the Civil Lines area of North Delhi, are fitted with all modern amenities. They were built at an estimated cost of Rs 14 crore.
Officials said with the Assembly elections scheduled for next year, the ministers were not ready to shift. These could now be allotted to city's bureaucrats instead.
The file for starting the process of allotment of these bungalows has been sent to the Chief Minister, an official said.
"Many ministers would not be willing to move out of their current residence with elections slated for next year. Also, Health minister Ashok Kumar Walia and PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan live in their own houses in Bharti Artist Colony and Behra Enclave, respectively. They would not want to live in government accommodations,'' a source said.
The houses of the two ministers are in their respective constituency, and a new address would take them away from their voter-base.
"I live in my own house, and do not need a government accommodation. But there is a requirement for such bungalows, and other ministers might want to move in. Otherwise, these bungalows can also be allotted to the chief secretary,'' Chauhan said.
Four bungalows are at 8, Raj Niwas Marg, and two at 2, Attatur Rehman Lane ó a few hundred yards from the L-G's office.
"The new bungalows have all modern amenities ó 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.
The five-bedroom bungalows have a separate drawing-dining room and a guest room. They also have separate rooms for minister's office and staff.
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