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Sonia Gandhi to inspect daughter Priyanka’s dream cottage in Shimla

All-India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will make a private visit to the state capital, Shimla, on Sunday.

punjab Updated: May 16, 2015 23:12 IST
Gaurav Bisht
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All-India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will make a private visit to the state capital, Shimla, on Sunday.

Sources said the duo would reach Chandigarh by air on Sunday morning and then take a road trip to Shimla.
As part of the visit, Sonia is expected to inspect the construction of Priyanka’s summer holiday home coming up at a height of over 8,000 feet in Chharabra village, 15km from Shimla town.

Around three years ago, unhappy with the cottage’s construction, Priyanka had asked the builder to raze it and incorporate fresh designs. Priyanka reportedly wanted the cottage to be designed in accordance with vastu shastra.

Located amid thick forests of pine and cedar, the cottage, being built on about 1.4 acres, is close to The Retreat, the summer holiday resort of the President. When late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi visited Shimla, he often put up at The Retreat. As kids, Priyanka and her brother Rahul Gandhi are said to have played on the land where is the cottage is now coming up.

It was in 2007 that Priyanka bought the land for around Rs 47 lakh. Its market value is now Rs 5.2 crore.

The then Himachal Pradesh government had relaxed norms under Section 118 of the Land Reforms and Tenancy Act to facilitate the sale, as otherwise only the state’s permanent residents can buy land in the state under the Himachal Pradesh land laws.

Others who want to purchase land for non-agricultural purposes have to seek relaxations under Section 118 of the Land Reforms and Tenancy Act from the state government.