It was a little after 7.30 pm on Monday when outgoing Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh entered 3, Motilal Nehru Marg, his retirement home, heading straight there soon after attending the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It will be the first night that Singh and his family will spend in their new home, having completed the shift from 7, Race Course Road, where he lived for 10 years.
“Work related to security is still going on at the bungalow,” an official from the Central Public Works Department said.
Barbed wires are yet to be installed on portions of the boundary wall. Earlier in the day, the guard house outside one of the gates was still being painted.
At the roundabout near 3, Motilal Nehru Marg, traffic stopped for a few minutes to allow Singh to enter his new home.
“SPG, Delhi Police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel were seen entering and leaving 3, Motilal Nehru Marg throughout the day. A truck full of furniture also arrived at the address on Monday evening,” the official said.
The sprawling Type-VIII bungalow, spread over 3.25 acres, was vacated by former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The three-bedroom bungalow, with well-maintained lawns and office space, meets the requirements of a former prime minister. Many structures on the premises have been removed.
Sources said there was no clear indication on when Modi, who is putting up at Gujarat Bhawan, would move into his official residence at 7, Race Course Road.
“No indication has been given on when Modi is expected to shift to RCR. We expect the Prime Minister’s Office to indicate if he has any personal requests in terms of sprucing up the bungalows before he moves in,” an official said.
The PM could choose to make either bungalow 3 or 5 along Race Course Road his accommodation. There are five bungalows along Race Course Road, similar to each other. “If the PM wants to shift to bungalow 3, he will have to wait for a few days. Bungalow 5 is ready and can be occupied any time or used as a temporary accommodation till work on bungalow 3 is complete,” the official said.