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Flat response from BJP legislator on ambitious flats
- Opposition leader raises voice against misuse of Rs 200 crore in construction of apartments

Patna, Aug. 2: A section of the legislators are perhaps getting the same dose they administered over the years to aam admi — false promises. They are sceptical about nothing else but the timely completion of their homes.

Rameshwar Chaurasia, a BJP MLA from Nokha constituency is highly doubtful about the timely execution of the scheme. He said: “The proposed flats for legislators is a good move but I am sceptical about the execution at ground level. The ministers are experts in giving false assurances. We have been pursuing for construction of a 3km-road in Nokha since the past three years but not a single inch has been constructed. Also, there are defunct generators and electric poles at Nokha for the past many months with no replacements. I am not at all convinced that these proposed flats would be constructed in less than five years,” said Chaurasia.

The ambitious project aims at construction of duplex flats in two different residential housing societies spread over 70 acres for all the 318 legislators in the state, including 243 of Bihar Legislative Assembly and 75 of Bihar Legislative Council.

“The existing MLA quarters near R-Block are old and in a bad condition. Also, there have been cases in the past where people have permanently acquired the quarters. Keeping these in mind, the government has proposed to construct the new flats for legislators which would have modern housing amenities such as swimming pool, garage, gymnasium, guest rooms, courtyard and others. The quarters would also have community halls, hospitals, recreation centres, libraries, and grocery stores. The overall expense is expected to be nearly Rs 200 crore,” said Damodar Rawat, the minister of building construction department.

Abdul Bari Siddiqui, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, believes there could be better utilisation of the money. “I believe when the purpose was getting solved with the existing quarters of the legislators there was no need of spending such a huge amount on these proposed duplex flats. The money could be spent on other works. I think such things are just political gimmicks to generate goodwill at the cost of public money,” said Siddiqui.

Rawat said the new flats for the MLAs are proposed to come up near Beer Chand Patel Marg. For the MLCs, the flats would be constructed near R-Block. “Each of the flats would have six rooms, wherein the ground floor would have an office for the personal assistant of the legislators, guest room, garage a kitchen and a hall. The first floor would be equipped with three bedrooms with attached bathrooms and terrace. The second floor would have two rooms for security/support employees,” said Rawat.

Sources said the new flats would have an area of 3,693.50sqft with a ground floor and two floors above. The ground floor’s carpet area would be 1,757.50sqft. The first floor would have a carpet area of 1,526sqft and the roof would have two rooms made on 410sqft.

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