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Karnataka celebrates 60th anniversary of 'Vidhan Soudha'

By Chennabasaveshwar
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The Karnataka Government is celebrating 60th anniversary of 'Vidhan Soudha'- seat of the state legislature- on Wednesday. Its located on Dr Ambedkar Road, Seshadripuram.

Amidst reports about a proposal to spend Rs 26 crore to mark the 60th anniversary of the Vidhana Soudha, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah issued directions for curtailing funding for the event.

Assembly Speaker K B Koliwad had allegedly also proposed gifting gold biscuits to legislators and silver plate to employees. Stating that Siddaramaiah has refused sanctioning Rs 26 crore for the event, officials from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said he had issued directions to complete the event under Rs 10 crore. The chief minister has said there should be no gifts for legislators and has issued directions to curtail the celebrations from two days to one day, they said.

Vintage photo of Vidhan Soudha

Vintage photo of Vidhan Soudha

The majestic structure, built largely with "Bangalore granite", was the brainchild of Kengal Hanumanthaiya and has grand stairs in the front, a central dome supported by eight pillars and six smaller domes as its attraction.

Vidhana Soudha is all decked up

Vidhana Soudha is all decked up

Built in a 'Neo-Dravidian' style of architecture, Vidhan Soudha is spread over 60 acres and houses the Legislative Assembly and Council chambers, along with the offices of chief minister, prominent ministers, and senior government officers.

One of the imposing buildings in the country

One of the imposing buildings in the country

The foundation for the Vidhana Soudha, considered to be among the most imposing buildings in the country, was laid by Jawaharalal Nehru as prime minister on July 13,1951, and was completed in 1956, at a cost of about Rs 1.84 crore. It was inaugurated by President Rajendra Prasad in October 1956.

Interior of Vidhan Soudha

Interior of Vidhan Soudha

Vidhana Soudha is all decked up for the grand one-day diamond jubilee celebration on Wednesday. Interior of Vidhan Soudha being decorated ahead of the celebrations.

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