State assigns bungalow opposite Mantralaya to Ratnakar Gaikwad, issues order to former Chief Secretary CS Dange to vacate within a week

THE state government appears to be in a very giving mood. This Diwali, the state's Chief Secretary will be all smiles, as the government has reserved a plush new bungalow for him.

Ratnakar Gaikwad, the present chief secretary, who was residing at an MMRDA building in Bandra Kurla Complex will now be given over the keys to a luxurious bungalow, A-10, situated opposite Mantralaya.

Not-so-Humble abode: According to the new order given by CM Prithviraj
Chavan, A-10 the bungalow opposite Mantralaya will be reserved solely
for acting chief secretaries. File pic

Though ministers from the state are privileged to occupy plush bungalows in South Mumbai's most sought after address -- Madam Cama Road and Malabar Hill -- there was no such provision for the chief secretary, who heads the state administration.

But now, according to sources, the apartment that was still in possession of the former chief secretary CS Dange will be reserved solely for serving chief secretaries.

Hence, in an attempt to make Dange move out, the General Administration Department (GAD), headed by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan issued an order to reserve the A-10 bungalow exclusively for the chief secretaries.
The order further states that the bungalow had to be vacated within 15 days of being removed from the post of chief secretary.

"Dange, who currently heads the State Finance Commission will have to vacate it within this week," said an official from Mantralaya.

Dange was removed from the post by the government paving way for Ratnakar Gaikwad, who was the commissioner of MMRDA earlier.

Now, Dange will have to follow the order that also says "the bungalow has to be vacated to avoid inconvenience to new incumbence."