Govt planning to turn Suvarna Vidhana Soudha into tourist spot: Deputy CM DK Shivakumar

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BELAGAVI: Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar, while attending the golden jubilee celebration of the state on the premises of the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha here on Tuesday, said the state government is planning to make the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belgavi a tourist spot.

“The government is thinking of making the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha a tourist spot by opening it to the public on weekends”, said Shivakumar. The Deputy CM, supporting the government’s idea, said that the tourists will be attracted to the place by creating photoshoot points at important places of Suvarna Vidhana Soudha.

He further mentioned that the former chairman of the Legislative Assembly and Council have already given suggestions in this regard and the government will also think about it.

“I was reading the history of Karnataka. K B Koliwad (former Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly) also supported the idea of turning the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha into a tourist spot. Today, we also got the privilege of honouring him in this golden celebration”, said Shivakumar.

Shivakumar was participating in the 50th Karnataka Golden Jubilee and honoring ceremony for the former Speaker of the Karnataka Legislature held at the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi.

Earlier, Chief Minister Siddaramiah interacted with schoolchildren who had come to Suvarna Vidhana Soudha to watch the Assembly session. The CM answered the students’ questions regarding the functioning of the government and development works.

Suvarna Vidhana Soudha is the legislature building of the state of Karnataka situated in Belagavi. The building has often been criticized for being under-utilised as it is only used once a year to hold a session of the winter session of the Legislative Assembly.

Despite this, the state government has defended the project, proposing additional utilisation such as hosting state government committee meetings, regional gatherings, and conferences with foreign delegations during non-legislative periods. Turning the building into a tourist spot can prove to be another additional utilisation of the building. (ANI)

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