Historic moment for State Legislature today

Taking no chances:Security personnel operating a baggage scanner at the entrance of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly building at Velagapudi on Sunday.Ch. Vijaya BhaskarCH_VIJAYA BHASKAR  

The Andhra Pradesh Legislature complex will write a new chapter in its history as the Budget session begins on Monday.

The AP Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council will start functioning from the state-of-the-art interim building which was completed within 192 days. The swanky block housing the Assembly in the ground floor and the Council on the first came up in two acres.

The august House is bedlam-proof — to a large extent. The Assembly hall is equipped with an ultramodern audio system from Germany. There are no mikes for the legislators to break in the heat of the arguments as the conventional mikes had been replaced with flexible stalks with a system which comprises concealed mikes in the desks which are said to be unbreakable.

“The microphones can catch the voice of a member even when he is standing. He does not need the hold the mike near his mouth. We have a sound system in place,” says Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao.

Another routine practice of the members storming the well and obstructing the Speaker from running the House will also be avoided as the Podium of the Speaker has been built at an elevation of six feet. The Speaker refutes it saying, “The seating arrangement has been such that the Speaker can oversee every member from his seat. Similarly, every member should be able to see the Speaker. That’s the idea behind the raised podium.”

The seating capacity of the the Assembly is 230 and that of the Council 90. The number of elected representatives to the Assembly is 176, including a nominated member. After the anticipated delimitation of constituencies by 2019, the strength of the the House could go up to 230. The officials, as of now, say the arrangement had been made to meet the requirements of a joint session.