Rajesh B. Nair
PUDUCHERRY: The local court is all set to be shifted to the new premises near Venketa Subba Reddiyar Statue on Cuddalore Road, almost a year after it was formally inaugurated.
The new court complex constructed at the cost of Rs.13 crore was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, on July 29, 2007.
Since the Pondicherry Bar Association wanted to create additional facilities and improve infrastructure in the new complex, shifting of the court from near the beach was delayed, the Executive Engineer (Buildings and Road Central Division), Public Works Department, M. Ravishankar, told The Hindu.
All the additional works had been completed and the building would be handed over to the court authorities before October 31.
The additional facilities provided included a canteen, toilets, parking lot and facility to set up a post office, he said.
Sources in the government said that till the construction of additional blocks in the new complex, the criminal court and legal aid sections would be accommodated on the civil court premises.
The immediate task before shifting the court was the appointment of additional staff for carrying out day-to-day maintenance work, they said. At present, there were only seven persons for the work.
The government had approached the Madras High Court for taking possession of the old court premises, once it was shifted.
The High Court was yet to take a decision whether the property had to be handed over to the government, the sources said.
Several departments, including the police, had approached the government for taking possession of the old complex .
As regards the construction of new court complex at Karaikal, they said the Revenue Department was yet to identify the land.