The newly-elected legislators in Telangana will soon get to move into plush apartments in Hyderabad's Hyderguda area as the state government has completed construction of its new MLA quarters. The buildings were inspected by Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy on Tuesday.
A total of 120 houses, each having 3 bedrooms and spread over 2,400 sq ft was built at a cost of Rs 166 crore. 119 MLAs were elected to the Legislative Assembly last month following which one MLA was nominated. 120 quarters for house helps and 36 staff quarters were also built.
There are also other facilities within the compound, which include a club house, office, gym and supermarket among other things. The three-storey cellar has a capacity to park up to 240 vehicles. 23 rooms are also available to hold meetings with visitors on the ground floor. According to media reports, besides three bedrooms, a hall and a kitchen, each house also has a visitors space, an office room, a balcony and a drawing room.
Speaking to reporters, the Speaker said, "In case of the legislators seeking to continue in their existing accommodation at the Old MLA quarters, they will be permitted. We have adequate quarters to accommodate the legislators in both New and Old MLA quarters. The quarter allotments will be made by a Committee comprising legislators from all political parties and chaired by me."
The Speaker also said that the new complex would be ready for occupation once it was inaugurated by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) swept the Legislative Assembly elections that were held in December last year, winning 88 out of the total 119-seats that were up for grabs. While the Congress bagged 19 seats and became the chief Opposition party in the Assembly, the All India Majlis E Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) won seven seats. The BJP could only manage to send one legislator to the Assembly.