Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal may not have found a suitable official bungalow yet, but his deputy’s house hunting worries are over.
From a rented apartment in east Delhi, Manish Sisodia is all set to move into a bungalow in Lutyens’ Delhi.
Delhi’s new deputy chief minister was on Monday allotted a four-bedroom duplex on Mathura Road, a property with manicured lawns, once occupied by former Delhi chief minister Shiela Dikshit. Dikshit lived in the bungalow till 2004.
Sisodia will have Delhi high court judges as neighbours. A senior urban development ministry official said that following a request from the Delhi government, a decision was taken on Monday to allot the AB-17 Mathura Road bungalow to Sisodia. The bungalow was recently vacated by former cabinet minister P Balaram Naik.
“The Delhi government had asked for AB-17 bungalow for Mr Sisodia’s accommodation,” said a UD ministry official.
Sources said that even Kejriwal wants a house in Lutyens’ Delhi though Delhi government is yet to make a formal request in this regard to the UD ministry.
Sisodia, who currently lives in a rented three bedroom flat in Mayur Vihar Phase II, had asked for the allotted bungalow as it would be close to his office in Delhi Secretariat. The bungalow has four bedrooms, a drawing cum dining room and a huge lawn.
During his first term as CM, Kejriwal drew flak for moving into a 1,600 sq. ft three bedroom flat in Tilak Lane. Besides the three bedrooms, the house (C-II/23) located in the government officer’s colony near Patiala House courts, had a study, drawing cum dining room, a common garage and lawn. A community park is also located near the two-storey complex.
Kejriwal presently lives with his family in a flat allotted to his wife, a central government official in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad.