The much sought after among government bungalows, Ramtek, has finally been allotted to revenue minister Eknath Khadse. Two senior state ministers were in the race for the 8,857 sq ft bungalow, largest in size after the CM's bungalow, Varsha (10,969 sq ft).
The allotment of the bungalows to the ministers in the BJP government was stalled as a tussle had broken out among the senior ministers over the same. Most of the ministers had staked their claims for Ramtek and Devgiri, which was earlier occupied by the former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.
Meanwhile, ten ministers from the erstwhile Congress-NCP government have still not vacated the bungalows and flats even though the extended deadline of November 22 is nearing. Jayant Patil, Anil Deshmukh, Jaidutt Kshirsagar, Rajesh Tope and Hasan Mushrif are among the leaders who are yet to vacate the government accommodation.
"Most of them have told us that they will hand over the accommodation by Saturday. The outgoing ministers have vacated the official accommodations peacefully and without any damage to the government properties," an official from the general administration department (GAD) said.
Meanwhile, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis's decision of allotting a 2553-sq ft bungalow (A-6, opposite Mantralaya) to the state election commissioner JS Saharia have raised many eyebrows in the state administration.
"The bungalow which has so far been occupied by minister has been allotted to an officer despite opposition by the GAD. There are only 33 bungalows at Nariman Point, Malabar Hill and Pedder Road against the granted number of ministers, that is, 42. If the incumbent government decides to increase its strength beyond 33, we will face problems in allotting bungalows to the ministers. Fadnavis's decision was surprising," an officer from Mantralaya said.