Hoshiarpur court complex flooded, devoid of amenities
The sessions court complex here is in a state of utter neglect. A little rain and the court complex is flooded, thanks to lack of drainage system. To reach the judges' chambers also one has to negotiate through the dirty water.punjab Updated: Sep 18, 2012 21:03 IST
The sessions court complex here is in a state of utter neglect.
A little rain and the court complex is flooded, thanks to lack of drainage system. While judges are better off as have to wade through the knee-deep water and slush in the complex only twice a day, lawyers are not that lucky: they have to shuttle between various courts throughout the day.
To reach the judges' chambers also one has to negotiate through the dirty water.
The British-era court complex is also devoid of other basic amenities for litigants: there is no drinking water or toilet, no proper canteen and the waiting area is merely a tattered shed.
The parking space is insufficient to accommodate all the vehicles so that many have to be parked outside the complex, often leading to traffic snarls. The condition of the lower court complex is no better.
District bar association president Ranjit Kumar said the matter of repairing the court complex was pending with the administration for a long time. "We have requested successive deputy commissioners, public health officials and municipal authorities to at least provide drainage facility," he said. "The sessions judge too wrote to the district administration, but nothing has happened. Until the new judicial complex is built, the existing one is in urgent need of repair."
The construction of the new complex is also hanging fire. While the Bar wants a new building at the site of the existing lower court complex site, which is in the possession of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (Puda), it wants to use the land for commercial purpose.
The administration has acquired land at the back of the mini-secretariat for the new complex, but lawyers say it is too small to house the administrative and residential buildings.
The matter was discussed by the Punjab and Haryana high court building committee several times, but no decision was taken.