City Beat: 10 Lutyens' Bungalows Still Occupied By Political Parties [Video]
Recently released data by the Directorate of Estates (DoE) shows 10 bungalows in Delhi's Lutyens' Bungalow Zone (LBZ) are still occupied by political parties as offices. About a decade ago, the Supreme Court had given a directive for shifting these offices from the zone. Of the 10 bungalows, four are occupied by the Congress while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) occupies two. According to the data released, no new allotments were made after December 2010. The last allotment was made to the Bahujan Samaj Party when it was allotted four office buildings at the Gurudwara Rakabganj Road.
Following a Supreme Court directive, the Delhi Development Authority recently gave a refund of Rs 701 crore to Indiabulls Real Estate. The company had to return a DDA-owned 35.8-acre land parcel at Tekhand village in South Delhi. The land was allotted to the company for developing a housing project in 2006. However, the project couldn't take off and the land had to be returned. The company had paid Rs 450 crore for the land. The amount that it will now get includes the auction price as well as the interest.
Now moving to the Millennium City. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has announced that it will conduct fresh draw of lots for allotting alternative land to people that were evicted from the Southern Peripheral Road and Northern Peripheral Road. The first draw of lots has been conducted for 14 oustees of Rambir Ki Dhani on January 30. The next draw will be held for NPR in the first week of February.
Additionally, Huda is planning an alternative route that will connect Gurgaon to Manesar to decongest the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. The new route will connect SPR to national highway-8 (NH-8), and will bypass the Kherki Daula toll plaza. This route will prove to be beneficial for people travelling between Gurgaon and Faridabad.