Delhi LG Seeks Detailed Report from Chief Secretary After Ajay Maken Demands Probe Into ‘Extravagant’ Spending on CM Kejriwal’s House
GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 11th May. Lt Governor V K Saxena asked for a comprehensive report from the chief secretary, following a letter from Congress leader Ajay Maken seeking an investigation into the “extravagant” expenditure on the renovation of the Delhi chief minister’s residence.
The Congress’ senior spokesperson, Ajay Maken, stated in the letter to the LG that the amount spent on Arvind Kejriwal’s residence was Rs 171 crore, not Rs 45 crore, adding that this was during the Covid pandemic, when people were scrambling about seeking hospital beds and there was a dearth of oxygen.
Maken also voiced significant concern and dissatisfaction over the “extravagant” expenditure, environmental harm, and violation of historical protection and zonal planning in the construction of the chief minister’s residence in Delhi.
“The construction of the new CM house has cost the exchequer around Rs 171 crore, with 15 out of 22 officers’ houses adjacent to CM’s house at Flagstaff Road being demolished or got vacated. The rest have been asked to not re-allot with time. This figure (Rs 171 crore) includes around Rs 126 crore spent on purchasing 21 new Type 5 flats in the CWG Village to compensate for the housing shortage,” the former Delhi Congress chief had claimed in the letter.
“I thus request you to conduct an inquiry into the matter. And if found guilty, grant sanction for prosecution of the principal beneficiary, the chief minister and the principal perpetrator, the PWD minister of GNCTD,” Maken had said.
After receiving the letter, the L-G in a communication to the chief secretary directed that a report be submitted to him within seven days.
“Hon’ble LG has desired that a detailed report on each of the issues raised in the aforesaid representation be furnished within seven days,” the communication read.
Claiming that the renovation of the chief minister’s house has violated the Master Plan Delhi (MPD) 2021, Maken had alleged that it has been constructed in the Civil Lines Old Bungalow Zone, an area protected under MPD 2021.
The AAP has maintained that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence was built in 1942 and the roof had collapsed thrice. Following the roof collapse incidents, the Public Works Department suggested a new house be built, the party had said.