Focus on Special Status as Amaravati ready for maiden Assembly session

The ensuing budget session of Andhra Pradesh Assembly is likely to commence from March 3 onwards at the temporary Assembly building in the Interim Government Complex (IGC) at Velagapudi. The maiden Assembly session in the new capital city Amaravati is expected to be a stormy one. Special Category Status is expected to be one of the key issues that would be raised by the Opposition YSRC during the session. Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao said already the files and records pertaining to Andhra Pradesh are being moved to the temporary Assembly and Council buildings in IGC.

“All the personnel of the State Assembly in Hyderabad have been directed to relocate to Amaravati by February 25 and by that time all the files and records too will be shifted there. The temporary Assembly and Council buildings are ready,” Rao said in Hyderabad on Sunday.  Stating that the government has decided to hold the Budget session from March 3, he said they will review the security arrangements, needs of the members, meeting halls and other facilities in the new Assembly building on Monday.

Estimated to be constructed at a cost of more than `180 crore, the new Assembly building (block number 6) in the IGC is located exactly opposite to Chief Minister’s Office. The building which houses both Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council has several modern features. The building has two floors with a seating capacity of 230. Though the number of elected representatives to Assembly is only 176, additional seats were arranged to accommodate future additions to the total members.

On the other hand, seating capacity of Legislative Council is 90 seats. Apart from both the halls, there is one meeting hall on the first floor with a seating capacity of 250 and couple of mini meeting halls. The building also has different chambers for CM, Leader of Opposition, speaker, deputy speaker, whips and officials.

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The seating in the Assembly Hall is in the traditional semi circle pattern. The speaker’s podium is constructed at the height of nearly seven feet from the ground level and there are two stair cases with rail guard. Speaker is only visible to the members from their respective seats and the stair cases will be guarded by Marshals. Another unique feature of the ultra modern Assembly Halls is that it is sans traditional mikes, instead has state-of-the art audio system. As witnessed in the recent assembly session of Tamil Nadu, there will not be any chances for mike plucking by the members to vent their ire.

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