JAIPUR: The Samajwadi Party state unit has opened a front against the Congress government in the state by alleging that chief minister AshokGehlot and urban development minister ShantiDhariwal had connived with a real estate developer for the construction of a luxury apartment building at Prithviraj Road near Statue Circle. Samajwadi Party state vice president Anil Singh Shekhawat said that due to the influence of Gehlot, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) neglected security concerns to approve the project.
The allegations were raised at a press conference on Tuesday. Shekhawat said that JDA is now shying away from disclosing documents related to the project.
The Samajwadi Party wants a CBI probe as there are many irregularities, he said. "The building is in a highly sensitive area and its height poses a threat to security," said Shekhawat.
Referring to a Right to Information (RTI) appeal filed by a social activist, he said that the JDA is not even providing details related to the project despite instructions from information commissioner.
"The JDA officials are hesitant to share details of the project as it was approved under influence of the urban development minister and chief minister himself," he added.
The appellant had enquired about the norms under which the project was approved, details of the land allotment and other related documents. The JDA had continued to deny him the requested details despite the orders given by the information director in August last year. The information commissioner had ordered JDA to provide the requested information within 15 days and had slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on the related zone commissioner. However, the appellant is yet to receive the details.
The multi-story building project has become a point of contention for chief minister Ashok Gehlot as previously too he had been alleged to have influenced the land deal for the project. As the assembly elections are to occur this year, the opposing parties will try to use the project to corner Gehlot on corruption charges.
The project site is located next to Income Tax head office at Statue Circle. Previously a proposal by Income tax department to increase the height of its existing building was declined, citing security concerns.