51 lakhs spent for electrical fittings and maintenance at Sonia’s residence
Reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that a sum of Rs 51 lakhs was spent on the electricity fittings and maintenance at the house of Sonia Gandhi. As per the reply provided by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), it has been informed that an amount of Rs 51,43,318 was spent for maintaining the electrical fittings at 10 Janpath, the official residence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the fiscal year of 2013-14. The residence is said to be lighted by halogen lights, which are controlled by regulators costing Rs. 15,000 - 20,000 each whose life is short and uncertain. CPWD has installed three ACs in the house while a few more have been put in place by her.
CPWD had spent Rs 18,98,231 during 2013-14 to maintain the electric fittings in house of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Activists have questioned the huge expenses on such counts from tax payer’s money and have demanded that there should be some value cap on the spending of such type.