Former chief minister Fadnavis allotted ‘Sagar’ as his official residence.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is all set to move to ‘Varsha’, the official bungalow of the chief minister.
There was ambiguity over whether Mr Thackeray would move to Varsha from his residence Matoshree in Bandra. Earlier, while taking oath as the chief minister, Mr Thackeray had stated that he would only use the
official residence for meetings and other official purposes when required.
However, with the state government’s general administration department announcing that Varsha has been allotted to the chief minister, it has now become clear that Mr Thackeray would soon move there.
Varsha, the official bungalow of the chief minister, is located in upscale Malabar Hill in South Mumbai. Mr Thackeray along with wife Rashmi, son Tejas and legislator son Aaditya are likely to move into the sprawling 12,000 sq. foot bungalow soon.
Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had already started vacating Varsha soon after Mr Thackeray was sworn-in as CM on November 28. A minister can occupy the bungalow until 15 days after they are relieved of their posts.
Now, as an opposition leader in the Vidhan Sabha, Mr Fadnavis has been allotted ‘Sagar’ at Malabar Hill as his official residence.
According to an official government resolution, apart from Mr Thackeray, the government has issued bungalows to two Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and one Shiv Sena minister.
Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil have been allotted ‘Ramtek’ and ‘Seva Sadan’ bungalows, respectively. Eknath Shinde has been allotted ‘Royal Stone’ bungalow in Malabar Hill.
According to reports, it is likely that chief minister Thackeray might move home from Bandra to Malabar Hill on January 23, which will be the 94th birth anniversary of his father and Sena founder, the late Balasaheb Thackeray.
However, other ministers including Subhash Desai, Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut have not been allocated the bungalows as yet.
After chief minister’s Varsha in Malabar Hill, Ramtek is the most coveted accommodation.