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Amaravati High Court and Assembly layouts by end of June


Andhra Pradesh officials are working to bring out the definitive blueprint of government complexes and high court in Amaravati by end of June. The chief minister responded positively to the initial designs of Assembly and High Court submitted by London-based Norman Foster + Partners last week. The firm is now working on submitting final designs in June. The master plan will be available towards end of the month, followed by that the firm will be engaged in Architecture and Engineering designs. Once the designs are finalised after the proposed modifications, government will call for tenders and work will begin as soon as possible.

The chief minister said that the high court chief justice and lawyers should endorse the designs of the high court with minimal involvement from the government. The high court design comprises of High court, Residence of Judges, Universities and Tribunals. Towards the end of June, once the architecture design is completed, works related to engineering design will be kicked off. The government complex will spread across 900 acres while the high court is anticipated to occupy 465 acres. The government complex will host Assembly, secretariat, Raj Bhavan, Residences of Governor and Chief Minister, HOD buildings, MLA quarters and other government quarters.

The constructions will be on par international standards, on the basis of ‘walk to work’ culture and 5:10:15 ratio. The designs are being built such that in case of emergency a person will be able to reach destination in 5minutes, to work in 10minutes and to public places in 15minutes.

The designs will incorporate water canals on Palavagu in Amaravati similar to the one at Thames in London. It may be recalled that the Government allotted lands to nine thematic cities in Amaravati which will spread over a mammoth 217 sq.km. The cities are Government, Finance, Knowledge, Justice, Health, Sports, Tourism, Media and Electronics to be constructed on the basis of urban development models.

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Vizag to host Assembly session ?


Since setting up a temporary capital in new capital region is meeting with stiff opposition from the employees, Andhra Pradesh government is planning to hold the Assembly session in Visakhapatna to take the administration notionally closer to Andhra Pradesh.

Now, the administration is functioning nearly 250 km away from the proper state of Andhra Pradesh.

To satisfy the people of state emotionally, Andhra Pradesh has been taking some symbolic steps like celebrating national festivals in districts and conducting cabinet meetings outside Hyderabad.

Now, the government is mulling over holding forthcoming Assembly session in Visakhapatnam.

” We are thinking of conducting the session in Visakhapatnam,” said finance and legislative affairs minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu to media in Secretariat.

A decsion in this regard, he added, would be taken after the arrival of chief minister from his Turkey holidy tomorrow.

Government will finalize the dates also, he said.

In fact holding the Assemblh in Visakha was the assrarance given by chief minister Naidu at the time of his swearing in as chief minister in Guntur.

If held , this would be second time the port-city hosting the Assembly, the fist being in 1953, in Andhra state. Interestingly, the second assembly is also being held in Andhra again, after losing Telangana areas as separate state.

When the Andhra stae was carved out of composte Madras state with Kurnool as the capital, on Octoger 1, 1953, the then chief minister Tanguturi Prakasam was very perticular about holding the session in Visakhapatnam. The first session was held in Summer in May 19545 in TLN Sabha hall at Andhra University.
To make the Hall,which was built in 1939, suitable to hold the Assembly, many changes were made. The speakers podium was built and space for treasurey bences was created on east side.
House Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy was the deputy leader and the opposition leaders was none other than his brother in law Tarimela Nagireddy. The ferocious argments that took place between Sanjeevareddy and Nagireddy are remembered till today as the greatest debate as Krishnarkjuna Yuddham.
But, In just six months after the session,Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu government fell on November 6, 1954 when dissindent group moved a ‘no-confidence motion’ against ‘ndhra Kesari’ abinet.

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AP Assembly to meet from Aug 31: Storm expected


Andhra Pradesh Assembly is expected to meet for a brief monsoon session tentatively from August 31. The House will be in session for five working days.  The session is going to be a stormy one as the Assembly is meeting after the government received many setbacks in the recent past. The session commences when all the opposition parties are agitating against centre’s apathy towards  according special category status to Andhra Pradesh. The TDP government’s soft corner for NDA government is likely create trouble for the ruling party. Similarly, the cash for vote scam, telephone tapping and stampede deaths in Pushkaralu, attempts to dilute the case of Rishiteswari, continued suicides of farmers are all expected to set the House ablaze. Another important issue the opposition likely to raise is the development of capital. So far the government has not released any plan on the development of the new capital. The opposition will use the occasion do demand the government to make public the deals envisaged for the participation of Singapore and Japan companies and the terms of reference.   So far the season also is not kind to the Telugu Desam party.  Failure of monsoon in several parts of the Andhra Pradesh especially the region of Rayalaseema, which received scanty rainfall, is also expected to come up for debate in the House. Sources in the Assembly said the government will notify the date after chief minster Naidu’s return from Turkey holiday.

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