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The Government had been providing adequate infrastructure facilities, including new buildings, in Kanyakumari district for smooth functioning of courts as suggested by the Supreme Court and High Court, said District and Sessions Judge G. Saravanan.

Laying the foundation stone for a combined court buildings at Kuzhithurai on Saturday, he said that all courts in the district were functioning in old buildings that leaked during rains. When this was brought to its notice, the government had agreed to replace the old buildings with new buildings with adequate infrastructure in a phased manner.

Work on construction of new buildings for Padmanabhapuram court was going on and completed soon. Funds had been allotted for the construction of the combined court building at Kuzhithurai. He appealed to the Public Works Department officials to complete the works in time.

Presiding over the function, Collector Rajendra Ratnoo appealed to the judicial fraternity to strengthen Legal AID Movement so that lot could be done timely for the needy and poor. The judiciary had been delivering timely justice to the poor and down-trodden. The poor people had been benefited much after the introduction of Public Interest Litigation mode. The Government has created conducive atmosphere by providing adequate infrastructure facilities in various courts in the district to ensure better and timely delivery of justice.

The High Court Bench in Madurai had appreciated the efforts taken by the district administration for taking efforts to eradicate plastic menace and asked other Collectors to follow the model in their respective districts, he said.

P. Gopal, Special Chief Engineer (building circle), Tirunelveli, said that Rs. 5.64 crore had been allotted for the construction of the combined court buildings at Kuzhithurai. Two magistrate courts, two munsiff courts, one district chief munsiff court and one sub-court would be constructed.

Once the old court was temporarily shifted to some other place and the place handed over to the PWD, the new buildings would be completed within 15 months.

New buildings for Padmanabhapuram court would be completed in seven months. The PWD had sent a project proposal to the tune of Rs. 13.50 crore for the construction of combined court buildings in Nagercoil, Rs. 2.69 crore for Eraniel court and Rs. 2.60 crore for the Boothapandi court.

Subordinate judge A. Nazir Ahamed and bar presidents of various courts spoke.

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