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Even ministers not at ease in Nehru Enclave

NEHRU ENCLAVE scares even the high and mighty. At least 10 ministers and chairmen?s of various corporations have been allotted flats in the ?Mantri Awas? located in the Rupayan block of the Enclave. Though adequate security has been provided to them, they feel criminals residing in the colony are threat to their life.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 01:37 IST

NEHRU ENCLAVE scares even the high and mighty.

At least 10 ministers and chairmen’s of various corporations have been allotted flats in the ‘Mantri Awas’ located in the Rupayan block of the Enclave. Though adequate security has been provided to them, they feel criminals residing in the colony are threat to their life.

They say the LDA and Police officials have ignored their plea to evict the illegal occupants. Things have come to such a pass that these men in khadi have accepted it as fate accompli, hoping the administration will act under the pressure of the people one day.

State Minister for Prison Suraj Singh Shakya says LDA officials should check each flat to identify the unauthorised occupants. Some of the criminals are staying with their family and it is difficult to differentiate with the genuine allottees, he says.

A PAC battalion has been deputed around Mantri Awas for the security and safety of the ministers. “Though we are secured, it is still the duty of the administration to ensure safety of the common people,” Shakya says.

Chairman of the Pollution Control Board Rajendra Singh Chauhan says mafias and criminals are staying in and around the flats allotted to the ministers. It throws enough light on the working of the LDA and the Police Department, he says.

When asked what he has done to provide relief to the people, Singh directs his staff to contact SSP Ashutosh Pandey. Though the mobile phone of the SSP continues to ring, there is no reply. This is how the police officials treat the ministers, he rues. I will talk to the DIG and the IGP to free the locality of the criminals, he says.

Chairman of the Lalit Kala Academy Brajendra Pratap Singh is staying in flat number 163. “I am aware about the problem of the residents,” he says. He, however, has no reply is asked what action he has taken for the disposal of the grievances of the people. “If I speak against the LDA and the Police officials, it will go against my government,” is Singh’s cryptic reply. He, however, adds that he is ready to help the common people.

Chairman of the Sunni Central Waqf Board Hafiz Mohammad Usman says the people had not only drawn his attention to the illegal activities but also towards poor sanitation in the locality. “I have written to the LDA, but in vain,” Usman says.

Former minister Jaivir Singh has moved in Nehru Enclave a few days back. “From high security Gautam Palli, the state government has shifted me here without thinking about the security threat,” he says. Earlier Singh had 19 security personnel, now one-gunman guards his house. “I have written to the governor, the CM, the chief secretary and home secretary about the threat and urged them to strengthen my security,” he says.

The family members of Uma Kiran, chairman UPICA and Handicraft, say there is no boundary wall around the colony and it is easy for the trespassers to roam freely and encroach vacant flats.

The residents are not hopeful either. “We have been hearing of action since several years but nothing has been done. Some of the illegal occupants have sub leased the flat to others on rent,” they say. The LDA and police personnel have occupied several flats. They are creating nuisance and even after complaints the LDA vice-chairman or the SSP have done nothing, they say.