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Sheila Dikshit’s bungalow had 31 air conditioners, 25 heaters: RTI query

Former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit. (IE photo: Renuka Puri) Former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit. (IE photo: Renuka Puri)
New Delhi | Published on:July 4, 2014 1:55 pm

As chief minister, Sheila Dikshit’s bungalow had 31 air conditioners and 15 desert coolers, 14 oil heaters and seven halogen heaters as well as four rod heaters. This information has come out in response to an RTI query filed by Subhash Chandra Agrawal.

It has come to light that the former chief minister got the Delhi government’s public works department to fix these and many more high electricity consuming devices at her former Type VIII bungalow on 3, Motilal Nehru Marg at the time when the city struggled with a perpetual shortage of electricity.

The revelation also comes more than a month after former prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh – who is now allotted the same bungalow by the CPWD as his post-retirement government accommodation – had ensured before moving in that expenses for renovation and refurnishing of the bungalow be done only under the limit permissible by CPWD.

Response to the RTI filed by Agrawal as provided by the PWD has revealed that the agency spent over Rs 16 lakh on just the electrical renovations to the bungalow before Dikshit made it her official residence. The three-term former Delhi CM had moved into the bungalow at the start of her second term in 2004.

Besides the ACs, coolers and the heaters, Dikshit got fitted in the 5,700-sq-ft Lutyens’ Delhi bungalow 16 air purifiers, 12 geysers, three television sets, two microwave ovens, two water coolers, two RO systems, and a deep freezer besides two refrigerators. The house has three big bedrooms, five bathrooms, a huge drawing hall, dining room and six servant quarters.

In its reply to the RTI application, the PWD also said it has removed the electrical appliances after Dikshit moved out in February this year. Some of these appliances are currently being used in various government offices.

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