When will mini Vidhana Soudha come up in Bangarpet town?

The project put on the backburner, though several representatives tried to get it constructed

uncared Shrubs and bushes have come up on the site of the Taluk Office in Bangarpet, which was demolished for the construction of mini Vidhana Soudha. DH photo

Though several representatives had worked towards the construction of the mini Vidhana Soudha, the project still put on the backburner. In 2006, MLA B P Venkatamuniyappa had taken up the challenge of constructing the mini Vidhana Soudha.

He brought pressure on the State government to allocate Rs 1.5 crore for the construction of the Soudha. The taluk office building located on the Kolar-KGF Main Road, near the Mysore Bank, was razed to the ground, and the office was shifted to the APMC Yard.

Blueprint approved
It is said that there was much lobbying at the government level, with regard to this project. The government had almost given the go-ahead for construction after the blueprint was approved.
Later, Zilla Panchayat authorities wrote to the government, stating that there were delays in shifting the offices that were located at the site, and a shortage of money.

Sources in the Public Works Department say that an additional sum of Rs 80 lakhs was approved, taking the total amount to Rs 2.30 crore, and that they are now waiting for the budget, before they can go ahead.
Meanwhile, rooms in the APMC have been taken up on rent to house the taluk offices, which were shifted before demolition. Members of the public do not know when work on the mini Vidhana Soudha, which has been shelved for nearly two years now, will begin.

Negligence condemned
District Convenor of the Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samiti has condemned the government’s ‘negligence’ in this regard.
“The government is creating huge problems for many shopkeepers, who have vacated their shops and taken various government or private buildings on rent,” he said.

He also said that the shifting of the taluk office to the APMC yard has inconvenienced the lives of members of the public.
It is now up to Legislator Narayanaswamy to make note of these problems and bring pressure on the government to begin construction work.

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