Jaitley moves out of official home

36 new flats being readied for MPs at North Avenue

Former Union Minister Arun Jaitley is moving out of the residence that was allotted to him when he was a Minister and shifting into his own home in south Delhi, sources said on Monday.

Mr. Jaitley’s move is among many changes taking place in Lutyens’ Delhi’s bungalows and flats to make way for the new Council of Ministers and incoming Members of Parliament.

According to Delhi BJP sources, Mr. Jaitley has started moving out of 2 Krishna Menon Marg, the residence allocated to him when he became a Union Minister in 2014, and into his own home in Kailash Colony.

Mr. Jaitley, who had held the finance and defence portfolios in the first term of the Narendra Modi government, had taken himself out of the running for the Cabinet for the second term. Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on May 30, Mr. Jaitley had written to Mr. Modi saying he wanted to focus on his health and stay away from “any responsibility” in the second term. As a Rajya Sabha MP, Mr. Jaitley will be entitled to official accommodation.

Meanwhile, the Urban Development Ministry’s Central Public Works Department has constructed 36 new flats on North Avenue for MPs. The flats have been constructed after demolition of decades-old flats at the same site. The four-bedroom homes, with 5-kilowatt solar panels, LED lights and fly ash bricks, have been constructed keeping in mind the environment, the official said. Cleaning and last-minute finishing touches are going on this week, after which the homes will be ready for the Lok Sabha secretariat to allot to MPs, the official said.

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