Land allotted yet Pol Parties occupy VP House

New Delhi: Congress, BJP and several other political parties continue to occupy suites in Vithalbhai Patel House despite having been allotted land for construction of their offices, according to an RTI reply.

"In case political parties are in occupation of Government Bungalows/Suites in Vithalbhai Patel House for the purpose of their office, they should vacate the same immediately on construction of their office building on the plot of land allotted to them, or within three years from the date of taking over vacant possession of the plot whichever is earlier," the policy provided in the reply says.

According to the reply provided to SC Agrawal, Congress and BJP occupy eight suites in the VP House located near Parliament, Janata Dal (United) has two, while RJD, Shiv Sena, AIADMK, TDP, SAD, Janata Dal (S), RLD have one each, as per the data till June 30, 2011 provided by the Urban Development Ministry.

The reply also gave details of land allotted to political parties for their office buildings. Congress got nearly 9,500 square yards in 1975 at Rajinder Prasad Road and 8,092 square meters at 9-A Kotla Road in 2007 while the BJP got 1.87 acres of land in 2001, it shows.

RJD which was part of the UPA-I got four plots totalling 1904 square meter at Kotla Road in 2007, the reply says.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) got 1197 square meter allotted in 1967 at Market Road Institutional Area while another four plots totalling 2535 square meter were allotted in 2008. CPI 0.3 acres in 1967 at Kotla Marg.

JD(U) which was part of ruling NDA got 2000 square meter for its office in Vasant Vihar Institutional Area in 2010 while BJP's Delhi State unit got 1008 square meter in Kotla Road in the same year.

AIADMK got 1008 square meter at Pusph Vihar in 2010, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee got 1127 square yards at Rouse Avenue Institutional Area in 1987 while Trinamool Congress got 1000 square meter at DDU Marg in 2011, it says.

The requests for the allotment of land for offices of BSP, NCP and Shiv Sena are pending, it says.