Around six years after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra started the construction of her dream house at Chharabra near here, BJP MLA from Shimla Suresh Bhardwaj on Friday urged the Centre to withdraw permission granted to her house in a high security zone.
Priyanka's house is coming up near 'The Retreat', the summer residence of the President. In a letter to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Bhardwaj has stated 'The Retreat' is also used by other dignitaries during their Shimla visit. He has also stated that the Kalyani helipad near 'The Retreat', just 15km from Shimla, is used by IAF to ferry VVIPs.
He said due to security reasons, no construction should be allowed in the vicinity of either 'The Retreat' or the Kalyani helipad. Priyanka's house has put the security of the President, Prime Minister and other dignitaries at stake, he alleged.
He said permission to construct a house near 'The Retreat' was denied to several persons, including Commodore Devinderjeet Singh (a retired senior naval officer) for security reasons. The commodore had purchased around 2,400 sq yards near 'The Retreat' and submitted an application for permission to build cottages. However, permission was denied to him.
Bhardwaj said the Himachal Pradesh inspector-general of police (CID) too had informed the principal secretary (home) on November 5, 2004, that the entire area of khasra No. 264-269 (legal document that specifies land details) should be kept free of any kind of construction as it has a common boundary with 'The Retreat'.