Shimla: The dream of Priyanka Vadra,
daughter of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, to have a summer
holiday home in the cool clime of the Himalayas may take a few
more months to be a reality.
More modifications are being done to the cottage under
construction amidst verdant pine and cedar forests for the
past four years at Chharabra, 15 km from here.
The walls of Priyanka`s cottage, which has been subjected
to many architectural and structural changes, were being
pulled down she was not happy with the size of the rooms,
President of Shimla district committee of Congress Kehar Singh
Khachi, who is supervising the construction, said.
"The wall dismantling work is underway and new designs
are being prepared but the number of rooms would remain the
same", he said adding there was no other problem except the
size of the rooms.
It is for the second time that the structure under
construction has run into problem as last time it was the
slate roof that had become vulnerable to water seepage and was
replaced by iron roof with wooden ceiling beneath.
The typical slate roof of the cottages was the fancy of
Priyanka who had wanted her house to be a model of hill
"There was some flaw in the designing of the slate roof
resulting in seepage and it was dismantled and the idea of
slate roof was abandoned", said Neeraj Saini who was
overseeing the construction work at the site at that time.
The double-storey cottage, spread over an area of 3150 sq
yards (three and a half bigha) of agricultural land is small
in size with just five rooms, a family lounge and a guest room
on the ground floor.
Both Priyanka and Sonia Gandhi had been taking keen
interest in construction of the house and visited the place
The cottage was expected to be ready by December 2010 but
now it appears that a few moths more may be required to
complete the construction and the interiors.
As monsoon is expected to set in by the end of June to be
followed by winter, time for construction is limited and the
construction agencies were running against time to complete
the work at the earliest, Khachi said.
The plot was purchased for Rs 47 lakh from US-based
Satish Kumar Sood and Satinder Sood in 2007 in relaxation of
section 118 of HP Tenancy and Land reforms Act which barred
any non-agriculturist, including bonafide Himachalis, from
purchasing land without special permission from the