Source: The Hindu (http://hindu.com/2010/10/05/stories/2010100557030300.htm)
With the State Cabinet giving administrative approval for a mini-Vidhana Soudha in Bidar, a long-pending demand of this backward district has been met.
All the five taluk headquarters in the district have such office complexes, barring the district headquarters. Only important offices like those of the Deputy Commissioner, the police, and the zilla panchayat have their own buildings.
Most of the other 40 district-level offices are housed in private buildings here. This has affected the district in two ways. One, the Government continues to pay hefty rent for these office spaces.
Two, people coming here from villages are put to hardship. They do not know the location of each office and hence have to search for them.
Also, they need to move from one office to another and from one end of the city to the other.
For example, the Department of Sericulture is at Kolhar, around 10 km from the city.
The Department of Fisheries is on Mannalli Road, 6 km from the city. The distance between the office of the Social Welfare Department and that of the Women and Child Welfare Department is about 15 km.
Chief Minister B S. Yeddyurappa had promised to build an office complex at a cost of Rs. 5 crore.
However, work has not started yet.
The Bidar Development Forum has welcomed the decision of the Cabinet.
“We will be happy if the Government completes the office complex early,” said its member Ramesh Biradar.