Kodela keen on holding Andhra Assembly session in Amaravati

Published: 16th August 2016 07:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2016 07:14 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: As holding the monsoon session of the state Assembly before September 29 is a Constitutional mandatory, the state government is in a dilemma whether to hold the session in the new capital city of Amaravati or in Hyderabad.

Though Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao is firm on holding the session in the new capital city, lack of infrastructure facilities in Amaravati has become a stumbling block to implement the same.

In fact, officials have ruled out the possibility of holding monsoon session in the capital city next month as the new Assembly building work at intrim government building at Velagapudi is going on at a snail’s pace.

Even in the past the Speaker expressed his desire to hold the budget session in Amaravati but as the capital region lacked infrastructure facilities and as it was not possible to bring officials in such a large numbers to the new capital city, the government rejected his proposal.

The Speaker, who hoisted the national flag on the occasion of country’s 70th Independence Day celebration on the Assembly premises here on Monday, once again expressed his desire to hold the monsoon session in Amaravati. “I have told the chief minister about my plans. I asked him to see that arrangements are made for conducting Assembly session in Amaravati and he has responded positively,” he said. Expressing displeasure over the way the construction work of Assembly building was going on, Sivaprasada Rao said the construction is not taking place as per the schedule due to which the government is not in a position to make any kind of announcement regarding conduct of the session. “I have announced in the past that the budget session would be conducted in the capital city. But due to lack of facilities there it was dropped.  This time we want to conduct the session in Amaravati. Naidu has assured us to make it possible,” he said.

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