The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to hold the winter session of the state legislature at Hyderabad itself, dropping for now plans to build a temporary building in the upcoming capital Amaravati.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu took the decision when Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao met him in Vijayawada on Monday. According to officials, they discussed the plans for conduct of the winter and budget sessions of the legislature in Andhra Pradesh.
Due to lack of time and also budget constraints, it was decided to conduct the winter session scheduled for December in the existing assembly building in Hyderabad, the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. An all-party meeting called by the speaker last week had decided to conduct the winter session at Tullur in Guntur district. It was decided that a temporary structure be constructed on five acres site in the village, which is part of the new state capital Amaravati. Since the construction of temporary building is estimated to cost Rs.12 crore, the speaker had left the final decision to the chief minister.
Though the Chief Minister is operating from Vijayawada for the last few weeks, the bulk of the state administration is still based in Hyderabad, the joint capital of the two states.(NSS)