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Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan turns 25

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Mumbai, Apr 19 (UNI) The Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan building is celebrating its 25th anniversary today.

A mention of this event of significance was made in the Legislative Assembly by Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar.

Situated in the bustling business district of Nariman Point in South Mumbai, the Vidhan Bhavan building was inaugurated by former Prime Minister, the late Ms Indira Gandhi, on April 19,1981.

The old Legislature building near the Gateway of India today houses the State police headquarters.

A decision for a new and bigger building was taken by the then Public Works Minister the late Mr S B Chavan, who later became Maharashtra's Chief Minister and the country's Home Minister, due to space constraints in the old premises where the proceedings of both the Houses of the State Legislature were held, Mr Ganpatrao Deshmukh (PWP), the senior most member of the Assembly, recalled today.

He said Mr Chavan had sent a team of experts to Malaysia to study the architecture and design for the new building.

Mr Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena) urged the Speaker that a souvenior be published to mark the building's silver jubilee, tracing Maharashtra legislative history.

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