With the registration of land completed, Priyanka Vadra, daughter of Sonia Gandhi, has become a resident of Himachal Pradesh and would, in all eventualities, be coming back for a stay at the hill cottage, each summer, close to the presidential estate at Charabara, about kilometers from the city centre.
Sources in the district administration disclosed that the land on behalf of Priyanka had been bought by Kehar Singh Khachi, a congress leader, who was authorized by the Vadra’s to complete the deal on their behalf. The land area transacted was 4 bighas and 5 biswas (about 1 acre) and the whole deal was struck at Rs 46.97 lakhs, of which Rs 25,000 was for registration charges and Rs 2.34 lakhs as stamp duty, sources revealed.
The property located in scenic surroundings is close to the Kalyani helipad, which is exclusively used by the president and has a deodar forest close by. The property belonged to Lenu Mal and Satish Chandra, a known business family from Shimla. Besides the open spaces, there is a old cottage and a small pond on the existing premises, which Priyanka is said to have visited twice before deciding to buy it.