Special Correspondent

Sonia Gandhi to lay foundation stone for new APCC headquarters on January 21

Committees discuss matters related to arrangementsOver 40 arches to come up in the State capitalSeparate route for mediapersons covering the event

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters, Gandhi Bhavan, here is abuzz with plenary activity. Sunday was a day of committee meetings with more than half a dozen committees sitting and sorting out the problems cropping up regarding the arrangements.

The Decoration Committee met first in the morning which was attended by all city MLAs, including Khairatabad MLA, P. Janardhan Reddy and Sanathnagar MLA M. Sashidhar Reddy.

They committee decided to dedicate more than 40 arches coming up in the city for the event to the memory of national leaders and an almost equal number of islands in the city, to the memory of prominent State Congress leaders.

Pylon inauguration

The Commemorative Pylon committee also met to finalise the arrangements for its inauguration by the AICC president on January 21.

The Souvenir Committee was also seen going through the advertisements and the media committee chalked out a separate route for mediapersons covering the plenary to avoid delays.

Flooded with requests

The media committee headed by Minister for Information Mohd.Ali Shabbir was told by Commissioner of Cyberabad M. Mahender Reddy that the roadmap of media personnel commuting to the venue and back could be separately marked out to avoid delays.

The PCC headquarters is flooded with requests for passes both from the workers and mediapersons.

"If we are to honour the request of some papers then no one else could be issued any more passes as we are asked to limit the number to the local press to only 200," Mr. Shabbir Ali said.

Some television channels have sought passes for nearly four dozens of its employees.

Hi-tech building

Ms. Sonia Gandhi will lay the foundation stone for the proposed APCC headquarters near the exhibition grounds on January 21 morning.

The building coming up in 5,177 sq. yds area bought by the PCC from the Government will have all modern facilities, including a canteen.

It is being planned on the lines of a corporate office with a convention centre, executive committee meeting room and a library.

The three-storey building will house the offices of all frontal organisations of the party and its various cells.

The proposal to sell the Government land to the APCC was cleared by the State Cabinet some time ago.

The PCC headquarters is located in a rented building belonging to the Gandhi Bhavan Trust on payment of a token rent.