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The Vikasa Soudha was inaugurated on February 05, 2004 by the Karnataka Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, in the presence of the then Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna. The eight-storeyed new block has ornamental outer wall and resembles Vidhana Soudha.

Mr. Krishna laid the foundation stone for the Vikasa Soudha on August 30, 2001.

The South Block will have a grid interactive solar power system, with regular power supply as backup. The officials of the Public Works Department said the building would use half the plant capacity.

Extra power would be fed to the State Grid. But the corridors do no get natural light. There will be rainwater harvesting in the building, in compliance with recent Government moves towards water conservation.

The then Chief Minister Mr. Krishna was personally involved in the decor of the Chief Minister's chambers. The main hall of the Vikasa Soudha has a colourful map of the State.

The other features are the South Block has eight floors spread over an area of 7.5 acres, with a built-up area of 58,274 sq m. It has 360 rooms overlooking four courtyards. There will be three cafeterias.

The building has a sophisticated fire fighting system and the elevators installed there can carry between 13 and 20 passengers each. It will have a printing press. A pedestrian subway connects it to the Vidhana Soudha.

Vikasa Soudha, the new South Block of Vidhana Soudha build at a cost of Rs 148 crore. The South Block is built in an area of about 7.5 acres. It is an eight-storeyed structure with outer walls of ornamental stone work similar to the Vidhana Soudha facade.

The Vikasa Soudha is expected to save the government exchequer of Rs 5.50 crore now paid towards rental charges per annum for several government offices functioning in private buildings which will be moved to the new building.

The granite stones for the ornamental stone work was specially selected from quarries located in Hesaraghatta, Avalahalli, Mallasandra and Koira.

It will have hydro-pneumatic system for water supply and 100 KW solar power grid system, making it the first government building to have these systems.

There is parking facility for about 600 cars in the three basement floors.

Vikasa Soudha came into limelight recently when tennis champions Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza played a promotional match on a make-shift tennis court laid between the imposing Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha.


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