Parking problems aplenty at High Court

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TROUBLE SPOT: Vehicles parked along the road outside the High Court. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU
TROUBLE SPOT: Vehicles parked along the road outside the High Court. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

Marri Ramu

Increased use of four-wheelers has shrunk the wide-open space

  • Parking of vehicles along the roadside leads to traffic jams
  • Parking lot earmarked for two-wheelers is under utilised

    HYDERABAD: Before winning legal battles, advocates at the High Court here have to emerge victorious in another `battle' almost daily. The moment they enter the sprawling court premises in their four-wheelers, their top priority is to find parking space .

    Of late, the ubiquitous parking space scarcity has hit the High Court too. The increased use of four-wheelers has shrunk the otherwise wide-open space on the court premises making it difficult to park even a two-wheeler, let alone a car.

    "The situation has become so difficult that we're forced to spend time finding a place to park rather than presenting the case," a lawyer B. Shivaramakrishna said.

    Choked premises

    Since advocates and litigants wish to be present at the court halls in the first hour, the court premises is getting choked from 10 a.m. onwards. So severe is the space constraint that sometimes it is difficult to move past the main gate on Madina Hotel side. Some litigants, despite knowing it is against rules, leave their vehicles along the roadside leading to traffic jams. Even if one manages to come onto the road, getting inside becomes difficult with none to guide the drivers.

    From the space before the main building to the open place before the bar council building, administrative complex and the SBH office, every yard is occupied.

    A peculiarity about this space crunch is the under utilised parking lot earmarked for two-wheelers on either side of the main entrance. With some persons blocking the passage to this parking lot by leaving their four-wheelers, the place meant for two-wheelers remains vacant. High Court Bar Association general secretary A. Narasimha Rao said recently they formed a sub-committee to suggest measures to overcome the parking woes. He is confident of finding a solution to the parking problems soon.

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