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Raman's ` 81cr home blocked.

STRONG reactions on social media and opposition from the Congress have forced Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to dump the plan to build a sprawling residence for him in Naya Raipur at a cost of ` 81 crore.

The proposal sent by the Naya Raipur Development Authority ( NRDA) to the state finance department for approval has been finally disapproved by the chief minister who holds the finance portfolio.

The design of the splendid structure that was to be built in an area of 12 acres of land was prepared by a Delhi- based company.

The decision to construct a new residence for the CM was taken keeping in mind security aspects.

Singh, who is also in- charge of the finance department, sought the project details after the information was " leaked", and held discussions with the officials concerned.

Though the officials tried to convince Singh that a part of Rs 81 crore -- the total project cost -- would be spent to construct new residences for other state ministers, he directed them to come up with an economically viable and cost- effective plan.

" A new residence for the CM is required keeping in mind the ongoing development works in Naya Raipur, but the expenses need to be low," Singh said.

The report that the massive cost would be splurged on the construction of CM House apparently created some disquiet in the state secretariat as the information was leaked much ahead of the final approval by the finance department.

A section of civil engineers in Raipur, meanwhile, claimed that the state housing board could easily construct around 1,000 low income group ( LIG) houses or 600 middle income group ( MIG) houses with Rs 81 crore.

The sector- 18 of Naya Raipur has been earmarked for constructing the CM's House, Raj Bhawan and bungalows for ministers and top officials.

The Congress had already expressed its resentment over the plan.

Around 12 years after Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh, the plan for a new capital region -- Naya Raipur -- was officially launched on November 1, 2012.

Naya Raipur is about 25 km from the existing capital city. It pledges to carry enough scope for business, office complexes, and 21 residential sectors besides provisions for social and educational amenities.

" Naya Raipur will be the flagbearer of a resurgent Chhattisgarh.

It will reflect the rich heritage and natural beauty of the state while marching ahead to become one of India's bestplanned cities," he said. Besides administrative buildings, the new city will have office complexes and residential sectors.

TWELVE years after Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh, a new capital region, Naya Raipur, was officially inaugurated on November 1, 2012. It is about 25 km from the existing capital and is among a few Indian cities to be built from scratch.

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