Staff Correspondent

It is coming up on the Water and Land Management Institute premises

PWD officials should complete the work at the earliest: Bar association president

Circuit Benches in Dharwad, Gulbarga will start functioning from July 7

DHARWAD: Work on the building to house a Circuit Bench of the Karnataka High Court, on the premises of the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) near Dharwad, has gained momentum.

The Circuit Benches in Dharwad and Gulbarga will function from July 7.

The work on the main building, which will have 10 court halls, is in its final stages and nearly 700 workers are involved in it. According to the plan, the main building and residential quarters will be spread over an area of 47 acres. The work on six guesthouses for judges, staff quarters and other structures is also in the final stages. The work on five court halls in the main building has been completed and painting will be taken up soon, and that on judges’ chambers is nearing completion. Advocates here have welcomed the announcement on functioning of the Circuit Bench. They are, however, not sure whether construction will be completed before the Bench starts functioning.

The work was scheduled to be completed in February. However, problems with regard to payment to contractors slowed down its progress. Meanwhile, president of the Dharwad Bar Association B.D. Hiremath blamed engineers of the Public Works Department (PWD) for the delay in completing the work. He said that the engineers had failed to monitor the progress of the work and give designs to the contractors in time. He said that the PWD officials should ensure that the work was expedited and completed at the earliest.