The AP Legislature session will be held for the first time in the new capital.

Andhra budget session to be held in new Assembly building for first time amid tight vigilImage credit: Twitter/Sakshi Khanna
news News Monday, March 06, 2017 - 11:39

With the budget session beginning on Monday for the first time in the new state capital at Velagapudi, Amaravati in Guntur district, the new Assembly building has been put under high security.

The budget session will reportedly start with Governor ESL Narasimhan addressing a joint session of the Legislative Council and the Assembly at 11:06am.

The AP Legislature session will be held for the first time in the new capital.

The state government reportedly had to skip the winter session, which is usually held in December, due to construction of the new Legislature building.

Tight surveillance is being maintained on all the routes that connect to Velagapudi.

For the security of the assembly blocks, the police department has set up a multilayer security channel at all entry and exit points.

The Hans India report said that as many as 2,200 police personnel have been deployed, including five SPs.

Roads to the Assembly from Vijayawada and Guntur have been put under security by police personnel from law and order units, Andhra Pradesh special police (APSP) and armed reserve (AR).

The Assembly premises will reportedly be under the control of the speaker while even police will not be able to enter the place without the speaker's permission.

YSRC leaders, Ummareddy Venkateswarlu, Md Mustafa and former Minister K Parthasarathi, have also visited the new Assembly building and even tested the mike installed on the table of YSRC chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

Meanwhile, The New Indian Express report said that nearly 225 public representatives along with 175 MLAs and 58 MLCs are expected to arrive on Monday to the Assembly and Council halls, located on the premises of the Interim Government Complex.

Sitting facility for 230 members in the Assembly and 90 members in the Council, has reportedly been provided.

The Assembly has replaced conventional mikes with flexible unbreakable mikes on the desks.

“The microphones can catch the voice of a member even when he is standing. He does not need to hold the mike near his mouth. We have a sound system in place,” Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao told The Hindu.

Besides the hi-tech mike system, the Assembly building reportedly has one lakh square feet space and parking facility in the five-acre area.

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