Lal Battis, Bungalows Go; The End of VIP Culture in Delhi? - The New Indian Express

Lal Battis, Bungalows Go; The End of VIP Culture in Delhi?

Published: 12th January 2014 09:37 AM

Last Updated: 12th January 2014 09:37 AM

After the lal battis atop vehicles, a sprawling bungalow in Lutyens’, Delhi – one of the most expensive places to buy property in the world – is another chief attraction to being an elected representative in India. 3 Motilal Nehru Marg, the bungalow occupied by former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, is a spacious luxury home that even the super-rich cannot afford.

A type-8 bungalow, it has acres of farmland, a small bird park complete with a tree house, three massive bedrooms with attached dressing rooms and bathrooms, servant quarters and an office block.

Dikshit had moved into the property in 2004. Sources said she would vacate the property in a few of weeks and move to a house on Feroz Shah road. A former minister has to vacate a bungalow within a month of a new government taking over or pay market rent for the property. With the Aam Aadmi Party-led government taking charge on December 28, former Delhi ministers will have to vacate their bungalows or pay up.

Former urban development minister Arvinder Singh Lovely occupies a massive bungalow in the upmarket Civil Lines area in Delhi.  Lovely, who has now been appointed as the president of Delhi Pradesh Congress committee (DPCC), is on the lookout for a new property in central Delhi to cater to the huge rush of people who visit him every day. Till then he will retain the existing bungalow and pay for it.

Former power minister Haroon Yusuf occupies a bungalow on DDU Marg. A source at Yusuf’s office said, “Sahab will vacate the bungalow in 8-10 days.”

Ramakant Goswami, former minister of transport, is getting ready to vacate his bungalow at Satya Sadan in Chanakyapuri.  Goswami is likely to move back to his residence in East Patel Nagar. Kiran Walia, former social welfare minister, occupies a bungalow in Chanakyapuri. She is currently looking for a residence in Malviya Nagar and would vacant the government property “soon”, a source said.

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