The Suvarna Soudha in Belgaum, which had cost the state exchequer about Rs400 crore, is being decked up to host its first legislature session. The state government has pulled all stops to ensure that the six-day session beginning Wednesday goes down as a memorable one.
The government will be forking out nearly Rs1 crore for each day. It has already released Rs5 crore towards meeting the expenses, but the actual expenditure is set to be much higher.
High-level sources explained that though it is difficult to provide exact figures regarding expenses for the Belgaum session, the budget would only increase as a lot needs to be done at this new structure.
“This is a new edifice hosting the session for the first time. As and when the need arises, the purchases would be made. Three channel communication systems would be provided to the media gallery in the assembly and council. The system will also have Kannada-English translation services,” sources said.
Belgaum deputy commissioner Anbukumar V said he had already got Rs3 crore, and Rs2 crore would soon be released to the PWD department to provide transport, food and accommodation facilities to the legislators and bureaucrats.
He said 170 Toyota Innovas have been hired. About 30 designated cars and 260 Mahindra Bolero and Tata Sumo vehicles will be pooled from various government departments. Fourteen government buses will be used for services of bureaucrats and others.
“Top bureaucrats such as the principal secretary, additional secretary, secretary and commissioner will stay in Hubli. They will shuttle to Belgaum every day,” Anbukumar maintained.
Chief minister Jagadish Shettar, deputy chief ministers KS Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, and law and parliamentary affairs minister S Suresh Kumar will stay at the circuit house in Belgaum. Speaker KG Bopaiah, chairman of the council DH Shankaramurthy, deputy speakers will be accommodated at the VTU guest house in Belgaum.
As many as 376 computers have been installed in the Suvarna Soudha with internet, printer and other facilities.