Madras High Court Judge V. Ramasubramanian laid the stone for combined courts buildings in the presence of Law Minister C.Ve. Shanmugam, at Tindivanam on Friday.
The government has identified 8.15 acres of land at Jakkampettai on Chennai-Tiruchi National Highway-45 for the purpose.
While the court buildings would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 15.84 crore, the judges’ quarters would be built at a cost of Rs. 1.47 crore.
The court buildings would be ready in another 18 months.
The new premises would house eight courts, including two fast-track courts.
Mr. Justice Ramasubramanian said lawyers here could take advantage of the fact that the Law Minister was a native of Tindivanam to get more facilities for the buildings.
He called upon the lawyers to act as a bridge between the court and the litigant public to enable speedy deliverance of justice.
Mr. Shanmugam said that ever since he became member of the Tindivanam Bar Association in 1990, there was a demand for combined court buildings.
Thanks to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s swift action, it would soon become a reality.
The Minister noted that the Chief Minister was not only conceding all demands of the High Court but was also liberal in sanctioning funds.
Generally, the amount to be sanctioned for the construction of district court buildings would not exceed Rs. 10 crore.
But, the Chief Minister was magnanimous enough to make a budgetary allocation of Rs. 17.31 crore for the Tindivanam court buildings this year. A sum of Rs. 2 crore would be sanctioned to improve the facilities next year.
Mr. Shanmugam said efforts would be made to provide lawyers’ room in the new buildings. Collector V. Sampath was present.