New Delhi: After operating for a week from his residence in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will soon be moving into a 5-bedroom duplex house on Bhagwan Das Road in central Delhi. The new accommodation is not as grand as previous Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's bungalow in Moti Lal Nehru Marg, but is not exactly the aam Delhi-ite home either. (See Pictures of the house)
The Chief Minister has been handed over the keys to two duplex flats, with five bedrooms each, that have been put together. The complex also has a lawn. Aam Aadmi Party sources said that Mr Kejriwal would be living in one of the duplex apartments along with his family, while the other would be converted into his camp office.
The location of the house is strategically chosen, given its proximity to the Delhi Secretariat and the Aam Aadmi Party's office in Connaught Place, as well as the fact that it is in Mr Kejriwal's New Delhi assembly constituency.
Mr Kejriwal's family along with his parents visited the place on Friday morning, giving the house a final go-ahead. Currently work is on in the two apartments to suit the needs of the new Chief Minister.
The two duplex flats were earlier meant for Delhi District Authority's member and Principal Commissioner, but officials said in the allotment order for the two type-VI houses, it has been made clear that they are meant for the exclusive use of the incumbent Chief Minister.
One of Mr Kejriwal's neighbours in his new house will be Chief Secretary designate SK Srivastava.
Sources in the Urban Ministry have indicated that barring Sheila Dikshit, who was allotted a huge bungalow from central pool, all former chief ministers lived in bungalows on Sham Nath Marg.