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As reported by PHEROZE L. VINCENT at telegraphindia.com on February 5 , 2011


New Delhi, Feb. 4: Nearly 150 MPs and former MPs and other bigwigs have been creative with their bungalows in Lutyens’ Delhi, building rooms, toilets, sheds, badminton courts and verandas without authorisation.


The central public works department (CPWD) has admitted this in reply to an RTI petition by activist S.C. Agrawal.


Topping the list is the BJP. Its national and Delhi state headquarters together account for 1,853.3sqm of illegal constructions, including rooms, servants’ quarters and prefabricated structures. Amar Singh comes second at 1,398sqm.


Those with more than 300sqm of unauthorised construction include Ram Vilas Paswan, Lalu Prasad, Mayavati, former Punjab home minister M.S. Bitta, the Congress’s Deepender Hooda and Suresh Kalmadi, and the BJP’s Yashwant Sinha, V.K. Malhotra and S.S. Ahluwalia.


Among the others are Lok Sabha Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj, L.K. Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Sharad Yadav, Shibu Soren, Ram Jethmalani, Oscar Fernandes and Ahmed Patel as well as cricketer politicians Navjot Sidhu and Mohammad Azharuddin.


The lone Bengal MP on the list is Sudip Bandopadhyay, whose bungalow has 35sqm of unauthorised construction —a room and a toilet — the CPWD says. He claimed he had only got a partially demolished toilet repaired, and that it was 35sqft, not 35sqm.


“The repairs were done under the supervision of the CPWD district executive engineer and I had to pay for it,” he said. The previous occupant of his bungalow was minister of state Bharatsinh Solanki.


Shyam Jaju, who is in charge of the BJP headquarters, claimed that all the additional constructions were temporary structures, which are permitted. However, regular visitors to the party’s offices say many permanent structures have come up there.


CPWD officials weren’t available for comment. Their RTI reply says that all unauthorised constructions would be removed when the occupants change.


The CPWD has written routine letters to the occupants and the secretariats of their Houses advising demolition. The CPWD has itself built an unauthorised room for an assistant engineer at its North Avenue office, the RTI reply admits.


It lists Advani as having a shed and other unauthorised structures across 55sqm. Advani’s personal assistant Deepak Chopra texted: “Not a single sq mm unauthorised constructed by Shri Advani at 30 Prithviraj Road. All construction done by CPWD.”


Amar Singh said: “The previous occupant of my house was Keshubhai Patel, the former Gujarat chief minister. The house was in the most dilapidated condition. I renovated it and built an office, which the CPWD told me I wasn’t supposed to. I got all additional constructions made by me bulldozed at my own expense, except a staircase to the roof. I installed a wooden temporary cabin with permission. If there are still any illegal structures, they have been built before my time.”


The RTI reply says Amar built four rooms, a temporary steel structure, a main building and an office.


Paswan’s personal assistant said: “Other MPs too have done it, why are you asking only about my leader?”

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As reported by Mayank Aggarwal at dnaindia.com on February 5, 2011


No entry for officers in Mayawati’s den


It’s not just Uttar Pradesh where Mayawati exercises colossal power. The chief minister’s influence in the national capital was evident as even government officials couldn’t enter the bungalow allotted to her party for checking unauthorised construction.


The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief is among the list of over 180, present and former, MPs who have allegedly carried out unauthorised construction in bungalows allotted to them in Delhi’s Lutyen’s zone area.


The list was made public by central public works department (CPWD) in reply to an RTI query by activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal.


As per the reply, unauthorised construction at the bungalow allotted to BSP president included covering of verandah in entire width of the bungalow, building of rooms, toilet, bathroom and temporary tin shed of steel column and metal sheet.


As per CPWD, this was the status only till October 31, 2010, as they said: “It is not possible to get the exact quantum of unauthorised construction as entry [in the building] is not allowed.”


Some other high and mighty who also figure in the list are senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan, former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, Amar Singh, Rashtriya Lok Dal president Ajit Singh, Janata Dal (U) chief Sharad Yadav, Congress leader Ahmed M Patel, Rajiv Shukla, Mohammad Azharuddin.


MPs Kirti Azad, Balbir Punj, M Venkaiah Naidu, Shatrughan Sinha, Yashwant Sinha, Suresh Kalmadi, Arjun Singh and Raj Babbar also figure in the list.


BJP’s Delhi office and national headquarters, and BSP national headquarter have also been listed.


The CPWD has said notices to remove the construction were issued to parliamentarians mentioned in the list. However, it does not mention if such notices were complied with.


“No FIR was filed … It has been decided that the unauthorised construction shall be removed at the time of change of occupancy. At the time of vacation if any deficiency is found in the items issued to occupant, amount is recovered or the deficiency report is sent to concerned branch in Lok Sabha secretariat, Rajya Sabha secretariat/Director of Estate,” CPWD said.

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As reported at zeenews.com on February 04, 2011


`Illegal` constructions at top leaders’ bungalows


New Delhi: Senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari and MPs Ram Vilas Paswan, Lalu Prasad, Amar Singh as also former minister Arjun Singh are among those who have allegedly carried out unauthorised construction in the bungalows allotted to them in the Lutyen`s zone. The details of 182 present and former members of Parliament who have carried out such construction has been made public by Central Public Works Department in an RTI reply.


The reply also lists the names of BJP MPs Ram Jethmalani and Kalraj Mishra, RLD President Ajit Singh, JD(U)Chief Sharad Yadav, Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Rajiv Shukla, Mohd Azharuddin and U P Chief Minister Mayawati.


The others figuring the list are Karan Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu, Kirti Azad, Jaya Prada, Suresh Kalmadi besides Ravishankar Prasad, Yashwant Sinha, Raj Babbar and Suresh Kalmadi.


The state and national headquarters of BJP and BSP have also been listed as properties where unauthorised construction has been carried out, the reply states. The nature of construction by leaders ranges from additional rooms, halls, badminton courts, toilets, offices, veranda, platforms, fibre sheet sheds and steel structures, among others, it said.


The CPWD said notices were issued to parliamentarians mentioned in the list and they were asked to remove the construction but it does not mention whether such notices were complied with by them.


On the removal of such unauthorised constructions, the CPWD said,"No FIRs were filed...It has been decided that the unauthorised construction shall be removed at the time of change of occupancy.


"At the time of vacation if any deficiency is found in the items issued to occupant, amount is recovered or the deficiency report is sent to concerned branch in Lok Sabha secretariat, Rajya Sabha secretariat/Director of Estate," he said.

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As reported by Neha Dixit at indiatoday.intoday.in in issue dated February 21, 2011


184 MPs have modified their houses: PWD


The country's lawmakers are also among the top lawbreakers. Headlines Today has secured details of 184 parliamentarians -- both from the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha -- who have carried out unauthorised construction in the houses allotted to them by the government.


The violations by these MPs were made public by the public works department (PWD) in response to a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, filed by activist Subhash Chandra Aggarwal in December, 2010.


The details given by the PWD are startling, as MPs of both the ruling alliance as well as the Opposition have constructed a number of unauthorised structures in their allotted residences in the heart of Lutyens' Delhi, the most exclusive and expensive part of the national capital.


The list of the violators is long and includes the likes of Congress's Ahmed Patel, former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani, NDA convenor Sharad Yadav, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan, former railway minister Lalu Prasad, key accused of CWG scam Suresh Kalmadi and Amar Singh among others.


Moreover, a couple of political parties, including the BJP and the BSP, have constructed entire wings that are illegal.


According to PWD notifications, the entire main building of the BJP office in Delhi has several unauthorised constructions. The same is the case with the BSP office. The office of Indian National Lok Dal's Ajay Singh Chautala has also been illegally constructed.


Interestingly, according to the PWD, notices have been sent to these parliamentarians to remove the unauthorised construction, yet no FIR has been lodged till now.


MPs offer 'no comments'

Headlines Today tried to get a response from these leaders, but predictably they all shied away from the camera. They either refused to comment or denied the construction of unauthorised buildings.


Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, "I don't want to comment on this."


Similarly, LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan said, "I don't want to respond to this."


Senior JD(U) MP Sharad Yadav said, "There is no illegal construction. This construction was there always. We have not added anything to it."

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