According to the process mentioned in the ‘Amenities for Member of Parliament’, bungalows to MPs of the Lower House are allotted by the Accommodation Sub-Committee of the House Committee, Lok Sabha.
Houses of higher categories are given to senior MPs and Ministers of States. Type VII and Type VIII bungalows are usually allotted to senior Cabinet Ministers, and they have sprawling lawns, sometimes so large that they can accommodate several high-rise apartments.
When Rahul was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004, he was allotted a Type VIII bungalow, the highest level of accommodation. One reason for this was that Rahul had Special Protection Group security, and such a person could not be given a flat for accommodation.
According to the officials “The SPG sets up a strategic guard and a close protection team. There are certain criteria that need to be fulfilled while allotting an accommodation to an SPG protectee. For instance, there should not be any high-rise building, or any source of public nuisance, in the vicinity. For this reason, such a person is allotted a bungalow, and not a flat.”
One of the best perks that Union ministers and parliamentarians in India are entitled to are sprawling bungalows in Delhi’s posh Lutyens’ zone. While having a house in the area indicates the “arrival” on the national political scene for first-time MPs, the size and type of the accommodation is a prestige point for senior leaders