Old Assembly Hall to go to AP State
A N Roy: Old Assembly Hall to Go to AP State, The old Assembly building will house the legislative Assembly of the residuary Andhra Pradesh Atate, while Telangana State will retain the present Legislative Assembly hall
- Not in use since 1985, it will be AP’s Assembly
- AP Council to function from the present Council Hall
- Telangana to retain present Assembly building
- Jubilee Hall to house Telangana Council
- Governor’s advisor A N Roy submits report
- Narasimhan to hold high-level meeting today
Hyderabad: The old Assembly building will house the legislative Assembly of the residuary Andhra Pradesh state, while Telangana State will retain the present Legislative Assembly hall. The present Legislative Council building will go to Andhra Pradesh and Jubilee Hall will be made the council hall for Telangana.
The present Assembly building, which was built in 1985 and inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, would go to Telangana. The committee looking after the allocation of Assembly and Council buildings for both the States submitted a report to the Governor after visiting the buildings.
Official sources said that the old Assembly building, which has not been in use since 1985, will accommodate Andhra Pradesh Assembly hall. In the report, the officials said that the old building is spacious enough to accommodate 175 legislators of Andhra Pradesh Assembly once the state is officially divided on June 2, the Appointed Date.
Sources said that the officials discussed the matter with AP Legislative Council chairman A Chakrapani and AP Legislative Assembly Speaker N Manohar. A N Roy, the advisor of Governor E S L Narasimhan, visited the old and the new Assembly buildings as well as the Council hall and Jubilee Hall. Sources said that the Governor responded positively in the allocation of buildings as recommended by the committee. The present Assembly building is sufficient to accommodate Telangana House with its 119 legislators. The existing Council hall would go to Andhra Pradesh with 50 MLCs. Likewise, Jubilee Hall will be made the Council hall for Telangana.
The Governor will address a high-level meeting with the legislative secretariat officials on Sunday on the allocation of the buildings to the two States. The Assembly quarters would also be shared by the two states. As per the report, there are 112 quarters in two blocks at Old MLA quarters. The two States would be allotted one block each. There are some 145 quarters at Adarshanagar, and it has been decided to divide them between the two States as per the MLA and MLC numbers. Apart from these quarters, there are 25 quarters in Punjagutta and 18 in Erramanzil Colonies and the Punjagutta quarters would go to Andhra Pradesh and Erramanzil to Telangana.
The quarters available at present would not be sufficient to accommodate 294 MLAs and 90 MLCs and a new project intended for providing another 120 quarters to the legislators is under construction.