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The other side of law

delhi Updated: May 25, 2010 23:56 IST
Sumit Saxena
Sumit Saxena
Hindustan Times
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From July 1, litigants from south and southeast Delhi will be fighting their bitter cases in the cool environment of the brand new district court complex at Saket.

The Capital’s first centralised air-conditioned court complex will have modern courtrooms and CCTV cameras at every corner, a far cry from the Tis Hazari court complex and the other three other districts courts in Delhi.

The complex has colossal underground parking to accommodate over 1,600 cars along with parking of 250 cars over ground.

Built at a cost of Rs 500 crore, the eight-storied court complex would house courts with pending cases from South and South-East district. It took three years for the complex to be ready.

“The Saket court has ample space for parking unlike Tis Hazari. Moreover, the court is centrally air-conditioned and located in the heart of South Delhi. It is easily accessible and will have a nearby metro station,” said Puneet Mittal, a member of the Delhi Bar Council.

Inside the complex, a gigantic digital display board would guide litigants to locate their case number in respective courtrooms. Litigants would also enjoy facilitation centres in the complex to assist in their cases.

“Saket district court is a state-of-the-art with all modern facilities. At the Tis Hazari court complex, from washrooms to courtrooms, everything in a terrible shape. And it burn like a brick kiln at Tis Hazari during summers,” said Ved Prakash Sharma, former chairman, Delhi Bar Council.

At Saket, well-aligned heat reflective mirrors cover half of the complex, drastically reducing the temperature inside. Even in the absence of air-conditioning, the temperature inside the building is very low, Sharma said.

The new court complex has 80 courtrooms and 700 lawyers’ chambers.