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

The three-term former Delhi CM had moved into the bungalow at the start of her second term in 2004.

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

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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    Bhushan Papinwar
    Jul 4, 2014 at 9:19 am
    After reading this no one will say there are are any poors in INDIA. Good use of govt. and public money by congress for their own royal life.
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    B.D.SINGH
    Jul 6, 2014 at 10:26 am
    Sir,So this is the way the so called humble servants of people are serving the poor helpless countrymen. In our country, people join politics and get elected for their own interests and not for interest of people. The day the concept of the public representatives regarding their commitment to people will change, every thing would be OK.
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    Harry
    Jul 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm
    Are we surprised? NoShe's a Very Illegal Person
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    hlkk
    Jul 4, 2014 at 10:15 am
    If this is how Sheila does it, imagine how the hi family live. They've been around for 67 years.
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    Girish
    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:43 am
    people don't respect old grannies any more. she needs ambient temperature, that's why so many coolers, heaters and ACs too.
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    gina kramer
    Jul 5, 2014 at 8:36 am
    she reminds so much of tamilnadu's jayalalitha. in tamilnadu, while most of the tamils sweat it out during days & nights because of mive power cuts, jayalaitha lives luxuriously. she's got a mive palace up in the nilgiris hills just for herself and her companion. she even ordered a road to be closed to the public, so that, she and her companion are not disturbed. 2 great ladies - sheila and jayalalitha!
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    Giri
    Jul 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    Except hi's, all other news comes out in Media. Nobody knows where Rahul lives most of the time outside India or what illness sonia is suffering from. MSM faithfully follows self imposed censor for hi family.
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    Hari Hukmani
    Jul 4, 2014 at 9:12 am
    Time has come for the kerala Governor to quit. She has taken full advantage of his position as CM. Her bad days have started & soon she will be in the docks.
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