Belgaum, Sep 27 (PTI) Karnataka government has decided to develop the northern city of Belgaum as the state's second capital and make it the permanent venue for an annual 15-day session of the state legislature.
Announcing this in the state assembly here today, Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said a Rs 165-crore 'Suvarna Soudha' modelled on the 'Vidhana Soudha' (Secretariat) will be constructed in Belgaum for the session that will commence from next year.
For the first time in the state's history, the ongoing legislature session is being held outside Bangalore and significantly in Belgaum, bordering Maharashtra which is involved in a boundary row with the state.
Maharashtra has been laying its claims to Belgaum and other Marathi speaking areas in Karnataka, which has maintained that Belgaum is an integral part of the state.
The special session, now on here, had passed an unanimous resolution on the first day itself, asking the Centre to implement the Mahajan Commission recommendations on the boundary dispute between the two states.
The Mahajan Commission, in its recommendations made in 1967, has held that Belgaum was part of Karnataka and suggested transfer of a specific number of Marathi and Kannada speaking areas to either states.
The Karnataka government will also spend Rs 1,000 crore for implementing recommendations of the D M Nanjundappa committee to remove backwardness in northern areas of the state, Yediyurappa said.
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