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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                    Hari Hukmani
                    Jul 4, 2014 at 9:08 am
                    kerala Governor is going to face Modi Govt's heat. Her involvement in olymics
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                      Nailesh Kumar
                      Jul 4, 2014 at 9:31 am
                      check every congr* men house, will be anno this is nothing, but a tip of iceberg
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                        Gandhi
                        Jul 4, 2014 at 9:56 am
                        All the cupboards belonging to her and her party should be checked thoroughly as many more skeletons are waiting to come out
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                          Gandhi
                          Jul 4, 2014 at 9:11 am
                          That's one small step for Sheila, one giant leap for Delhi for bringing Siberia in Delhi.
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                            Jaydip Das
                            Jul 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm
                            Earlier British looted the country and now these politicians looting the country and common people. Is not it a commkn secret? I hope all these changes under Mr Modi
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                              kallan krishnaraj
                              Jul 4, 2014 at 10:41 am
                              Doesn't it mean there was plenty of power during her rule?
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                                Vivek Raina
                                Jul 5, 2014 at 6:46 am
                                Why doesn't the new also disclose how many people lived in the bunglow along with staff and domestic help.... its disgusting how news is manufactured and then packed and sold to gullible people.
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                                  Prakriti
                                  Jul 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm
                                  she must be asked to pay for 30 a/c's and electric bill too.
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                                    R Kar
                                    Jul 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm
                                    What was the Dancing CM doing with so many airconditioners in a 4 BR bunglow?Were these really installed in that bunglow or in her palace in East Delhi?
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                                      Sachin Jagade
                                      Jul 4, 2014 at 11:20 am
                                      Wow and everyone thought she was a development oriented CM. What a colossal shame this is. Enjoying absolute luxury on tax payers money whilst the nation suffers on every front. Congress inherited a colonial mindset from the British and Mughals (the Mughals too colonised India and enjo absolute power and wealth).
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                                        Citizen
                                        Jul 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm
                                        This shows Shameless arrogance and luxury with looted money by some of our elected guys shame on you guys. Hope new rulers would send some guide lines on consumption of free electricity, water etc by these persons and enforce it properly so that power shortage can be sorted out to some extent. Jaihind
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