“Belagavi is the second most important Border city after Bengaluru. The Suvarna Vidhana Soudha was built here by our government to make it official Second capital of Karnataka” Said Deputy Chief Minister Govinda Karjol on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Govind Karajol Said that We will make Belagavi a second capital of Karnataka. Also Give us some time to relocate the state-level offices to the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha. For the same matter, discussions are on.
Belagavi as the second capital : is a long-pending demand of the people of the region as they believe it would settle the border row with Maharashtra & Gives boost to Growth of this region. In 2006, the Karnataka assembly under the JD(S)-BJP regime headed by Kumaraswamy had adopted a unanimous resolution to grant Belagavi second-capital status. Although not in law, Jammu and Kashmir has two capitals with Jammu the winter capital and Srinagar the summer capital. Similarly, Maharashtra has Mumbai and Nagpur as capitals.
After the resolution, the government began building the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha (SVS), spending more than Rs 450 crore. But the SVS has turned into a white elephant as it is now used only for 10 days for the winter session.
Besides making Belagavi the second capital, Kumaraswamy had also promised to shift some government departments to SVS. “I intend to keep SVS active all 365 days of the year and to ensure people from Kalaburagi, Belagavi and Hubballi-Dharwad do not come to Bengaluru for every small issue,” Kumaraswamy had said.