BELGAUM: Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday said the government is mulling over giving second capital status to Belgaum. He was speaking to reporters after inspecting the ongoing construction work of Suvarna Vidhana Soudha here. A decision in this regard will be taken shortly, he added.
Yeddyurappa said most of the government offices working in the city would be shifted to the Soudha once its construction is over.
The first announcement from the government that Belgaum would be the second capital of Karnataka was made during the legislature session in Belgaum in Sept 2006. Under the JD(S)-BJP regime, then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy indicated the government’s intention, which was later not taken forward.
On Monday, the CM’s announcement of Rs 100 crore for the district was also a move to reiterate that claim and hasten the infrastructure development for the winter legislature session to be held there. The government plans to hold the winter session in the yet-to-be-constructed Suvarna Vidhana Soudha.