Staff Correspondent

Work on six court halls has been completed

Six two-storeyed residential quarters built for judges

DHARWAD: Elaborate housing arrangements have been made at the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI), near here, where the Circuit Bench of the High Court is located.

As many as 152 residential quarters have been built on the WALMI premises for the employees. These quarters are almost ready; only finishing touches are to be given. There are sixteen residential quarters with three bedrooms, 88 with two bedrooms and 48 single-bedroom ones.

Five judges and more than 150 employees of the High Court of Karnataka have been transferred to the Circuit Bench in Dharwad. For the visiting judges and officials, a three-storeyed guest house has been built. There is also a club house that houses a recreation hall, gymnasium, library and dining hall.

Six two-storeyed residential quarters have been built for the judges, and three two-storeyed residential quarters for the registrars. Six borewells have been drilled on the WALMI premises.

While work on the main building is still going on, work on the six court halls, including that for the Chief Justice located in the main building, has been completed. All the works related to the Circuit Bench are likely to be completed by the end of September.

The Circuit Bench building, the residential quarters and other facilities are spread over an area of 47 acres. The work was initially estimated to cost Rs. 66 crore. But the revised estimation has put the cost at Rs. 115.62 crore, of which the State Government has already released Rs. 67 crore.

The Circuit Bench will have jurisdiction over the districts of Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bellary, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Koppal and Uttar Kannada. Apart from Justice S.R. Bannurmath, Justice A.N. Venugopalgouda, Justice S. Abdul Nazir, Justice Ashok Inchageri and Justice A.S. Pachchapur will be officiating judges.