Vidhana Soudha South Block in 3 years

BANGALORE, AUG. 30. The grievance of the State concerning non- receipt of special Central assistance sought by it to tackle the drought situation even after the visit of the Centre's study team, will be taken up by the Chief Minister, Mr. S.M. Krishna, during his visit to Delhi on Friday to attend the meeting of the National Development Council.

This was stated here on Thursday by Mr. Krishna who addressed presspersons after laying the foundation stone for the Rs.100- crore Vidhana Soudha South Block.

To a question, Mr. Krishna said the World Bank had released the first installment of $ 152 million for development works in the State. The allocation for various works would be decided by the Cabinet.

Mr. Krishna said the Government had set a target of 36 months for the completion of the South Block.

The foundation stone function was attended by a large number of ministers, presiding officers of the two Houses of Legislature, and legislators. But there were no speeches in view of the death of TMC leader, G.K. Moopanar, in Chennai.

The South Block will be built over an area of 6,27,203 sq. ft. and will have eight floors, including three cellar floors and the basement.

The cellar floors will be utilised for parking of vehicles and for electrical installations. Four floors are meant for chambers of ministers and secretaries to Government.

M/s B.G. Shirke and Company has agreed to construct the building at a cost of Rs.77.41 crores. The existing building would be demolished within three months.

There is also provision for payment of incentive to the company if it completes the work ahead of schedule. The company will have to pay penalty if it fails to abide by the schedule.

The new premises will enable the Government to save Rs.5.50 crores a year which it is paying as rent for private buildings.