Swacch Court Abhiyaan, a cleanliness drive, was organised at the Ghaziabad district & sessions court on Sunday. The initiative was started to revamp unsanitary infrastructure in the premises.
The drive was headed by district judge Ram Krishna Upadhyaya. All 48 judicial officers, 233 class-3 employees and 145 class-4 employees participated in the drive.
The record rooms, all 52 courts, corridors and stairs were cleaned by the volunteers. “The drive is going on for the past 12 days and Sunday was the ‘Maha Abhiyaan’ day. We want the clean court complex to inspire court officials across the state to clean their premises. Even the Allahabad high court has stressed on the importance of clean surroundings. The judicial officers and staff volunteered and put in a hard shift,” Ram Krishna Upadhyaya said.
“There are 16 toilets for public use and these were unsanitary. We got the toilets cleaned and would like to keep them neat, as we do at our homes. Public participation is also needed to maintain cleanliness at the court complex. We also want to motivate other government departments,” the district judge said.
In the drive, nearly 10-12 tonnes of garbage was removed, trees were pruned, 30 dustbins set up with the help of municipal corporation and the three lawns cleared for plantation.
“One of the lawns is adopted by the municipal corporation while another one is adopted by the district jail department. Some banks have come forward to adopt the third lawn. With the help of development authority, plantation drives and other environment friendly plans will be undertaken here,” Navneet Kumar, special additional district judge (Central Bureau of Investigation), said.
The court complex is visited by around 10,000 litigants, 2,000 members of the Ghaziabad bar association and 700 other lawyers every day. Volunteers were vital as the court complex has only five sanctioned sanitation staff and virtually no funds.