Judicial infrastructure: PWD starts second project in Karkardooma to strengthen judicial infrastructure in the capital | Delhi News

New Delhi: The Public Works Department (PWD) has started work on the second project to improve judicial infrastructure. At a cost of around Rs 177 crore, the department will construct a new eight-storey building in the Karkardooma court complex. “The tender for the work has been floated and there have been some responses which we are examining,” a PWD official said. Last year, PWD had started construction of a new district court in Shastri Park. The Karkardooma project had received approval from the government’s expenditure and finance committee in January. This project was approved by Justice Minister Atishi, who is also the PWD Minister, to strengthen the city’s judicial infrastructure. Last year, the PWD minister had inspected court buildings and lawyers’ residences and reprimanded officials for poor infrastructure maintenance. These visits were in response to complaints from judges and lawyers about poor facilities and maintenance. During the visit, the minister noted that the court’s infrastructure was in poor condition. Recently, the department decided to demolish 70 residential flats for judicial officers built by it in Dwarka in 2016. The building was never fully completed and lay neglected. In 2019, the government noted the need for additional courtrooms due to the recruitment of judicial officers to fill the vacancies against the sanctioned strength. This building will include nine courtrooms, additional rooms for lawyers and judges, parking and other facilities. Parking will take place in two basements, a two-level electromechanical parking system. The two basements will have an AC plant room, a water pump room, a fire pump room, a sewage treatment plant and changing rooms. A total of 22 courtrooms will be built between the first and fourth floors. There will be a lounge, library and kitchen on the eighth floor. There will be seven elevators on each floor between the ground floor and the eighth, and the ground floor will also have an escalator. This will be a new block built on the same site as the existing Karkardooma court complex. As part of the landscaping works, the building will be fitted with trees, shrubs and plants covering the grounds around the building. Finance Minister Atishi, while announcing the projects earlier, stated that these projects are of great importance towards improving the judicial infrastructure of Delhi, and their completion will go a long way in the speedy resolution of legal issues.

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