Century old Bantony castle to be acquired by Himachal Govt

Bantony building Shimla

Shimla ((July 27): Bowing to the popular sentiment the Himachal Pradesh government today decided to acquire controversial Bantony Castle, an 111-year-old private property located in the heritage zone of Shimla town believed to be worth hundreds of crores.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal directed the Urban Development Department to initiate the process for acquiring the property located near the Central Telegraph Office here. The possession of Bantony Castle, which housed the offices of the state DGP and the DIG, was handed over to its owners recently.

But a controversy erupted as the number of owners of the joint property multiplied during a legal battle with the government for vacating the building. Media reports said a UK-based promoter had sought permission under the Tenancy and Land Reforms Act to purchase the land for developing a tourist resort.

The government’s move was apparently aimed at setting to rest all speculation that some influential persons might facilitate the sale of the prime land and get rules changed for construction in the heritage zone.

Media reports had earlier indicated involvement of an influential BJP leader based in Delhi in the deal which was on the anvil.

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4 Responses to "Century old Bantony castle to be acquired by Himachal Govt"

  1. Rohit Sharma   July 28, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Nice to hear if Govt. does so! The building opposite to Bantony castle which is Employment Exchange office also requires attention!   

    • NITYIN   July 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

      It is an open secret now who was the politician behind the deal. The govt had to take action this time due to the tough posture of Shanta Kumar who in a statement other day said that BJP was now a party of father and sons from Himachal to Karnataka. With BJP already on back foot due to Yedurappa episode in Karnataka, it could hardly afford the scandel in Himachal now.

      Still, govt will take it’s on time to ‘acquire’ this building and lot can happen till then. BJP govt has not come up with a notification, only told the finance deptt to look into this.

      This only shows the true intention of the govt.

      • Visahwa Nath Sood   June 19, 2012 at 7:37 am

        I read these comments almost after one year and have to say that your IMAGINATIONS are wild because you have not gone deep to find the facts. Dhumal government is being blamed for nothing. You should take the trouble to see the records which are now 44 years old, in government files as well as in various courts (subordinate as well as high court) and true pictures will emerge before you. These press people only aim to please their political masters.

        • NITYIN   June 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

          Mr. Sood – Can you mention the facts which you have talked in your post as everyone would be interested to hear about this building


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