After Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s departure from the government bungalow in Lodhi Estate, Congress may have to lose four bungalows in Lutyens’ Delhi. One of them also has its headquarters at 24 Akbar Road. The Directorate of Estates of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has started considering a two-year-old proposal in this regard.
Congress Will Have to Be Evicted From These Four Bungalows
If the proposal gets final approval, Congress may have to vacate the CII / 109 buildings at 24 Akbar Road, 5 Raisina Road and Chanakyapuri. 24 Akbar Road has been the headquarters of the Congress party since 1976, Congress Seva Dal office, while 5 Raisina Road has an Indian Youth Congress office.
The Proposal Came in 2018
The Directorate first brought this proposal in 2018. The proposal was sent to the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA) in March 2019, five months after the extension for 24 Akbar Road was over. The Modi government is hesitant to step up this proposal in view of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Now the Directorate has brought a new proposal.
All Four Buildings were Supposed to be Empty in 2013
A senior ministry official gives a statement about the condition of anonymity. He said: ‘Now is the time to resolve this issue. Congress allotted Institutional Land in 2010 to build its party office. The rules clearly say that a party should be given three years to take office. They (Congress) should have evacuated these buildings seven years ago.
In June 2010, the land was allotted at 9-A Rouse Avenue to the Congress Party to make it its party office. According to government policy, Congress should vacate these bungalows immediately as their lease expires in June 2013.