Inauguration of new judicial court complex may delay

  • Parampreet Singh Narula, Hindustan Times, Kapurthala
  • Updated: Nov 16, 2014 22:18 IST

Already facing a delay of over two-and-half years, the inauguration of the new judicial court complex may miss yet another deadline since elevators are still to be installed in the building.

The Punjab and Haryana high court had asked the departments concerned to complete all the work by November end after the project failed to meet September deadline.

The Rs 56.17 crore project was given to the public works department (PWD) in April 2010 and was expected to be finished in two years.

The project was not executed in time due to various reasons such as mining issue, lengthy process to acquire land to carpet the approach road and shortage of funds.

The PWD was expected to complete the building work by September end, but failed to meet the deadline. Sources said the departments concerned are facing fund crunch due to which they have been failed to complete the building on time.

Both the Centre and the state government will provide the funds to construct the building with 75% central share.

Till now, 95% work of the six-storey judicial building and two buildings of four-storey warehouse and deed writer respectively has been completed.

These buildings too may add two more floors in future, if the need arises. The government intends to build the court complex to provide all judicial services to the public under one roof.

The three-block building will have 20 courts in judicial block, a warehouse block, deed writer block, an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centre and green belt outside the building in which fountains have been installed.

Besides, the building will have six elevators, five stair halls and special facilities for handicapped people such as ramps and washrooms for them.

The PWD has also constructed a 1-km road near Kadupur village on Kartarpur Road to make it easy for the public to reach the court complex.

PWD executive engineer Varinder Kumar said, “We have almost completed the work, barring two elevators which are being installed. The remaining four elevators will be installed soon.”

“The complex in on the verge of completion and hopefully we will complete the project in the first or second week of December,” he said.

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