Despite several tall claims since 2013, the UT administration has failed to construct multilevel parking outside the district courts complex, Sector 43.
Those who visit the complex — mostly stressed out due to litigations in the courts — are welcomed for bumpy rides as they park vehicles at the dilapidated and ill-maintained ground alongside the complex.
The situation becomes even more difficult during the rain, as the parking area becomes sludgy, thereby causing trouble in parking vehicles at the ground.
While visitors have no option but to park their vehicles in the poorly-kept ground, lawyers enjoy a specious parking facility on its other side, and over 800 advocates park their vehicles inside this spruced-up facility every day.
One of the visitors to the district courts complex, Pankaj Kaushal, resident of Panchkula, said, “The authorities seem to have turned a blind eye towards this major harassment being caused to the public. We can’t park vehicles at the space designated for the lawyers, and if we park outside the bus stand — opposite the complex — the cops issue challans. So, there is no option but to park at the totally-neglected ground.”
Advocate Sunil Toni, president, District Bar Association Chandigarh (DBAC), said a meeting was held between the administration and the judicial officials in November. “We empathise with public, and in this regard, we had a meeting with justice TPS Mann, judge, Punjab and Haryana high court, who is also the administrative judge of Chandigarh sessions division. A formal representation will be given to him soon after the court holidays. A plan to construct an underground parking is very much in the pipeline.”
Meanwhile, advocate Munish Dewan, former vice president, DBAC, said that several plans had been made to construct the parking at the said ground, but things couldn’t work out.
“Even the parking area allotted for the lawyers was meant for the extension of the courts complex. Once the multilevel parking is constructed, the lawyers will also park their cars there. Even former member of Parliament Pawan Bansal had also promised to complete the project during his tenure.”