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New court complex at Egmore in three months

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In three months, the Metropolitan Magistrate Courts in Egmore complex will have a new building with better facilities. The century-old main building in the complex, though, could take time to be restored.

After complaints of cramped space and dilapidated buildings, it was decided to construct a three-storey building in the Egmore complex.

Once the work was taken up, the dozen courts there were shifted to the Lily Pond complex at Moore market complex where they have been functioning for a year.

Now, the Public Works Department has completed a major portion of the work to create space for seven court halls on the premises. The new building, built at a cost of Rs.11 crore, will have nearly 71,200 sq ft of space.

PWD officials said the new building would have a waiting room for visitors, a dedicated room for Egmore Bar Association on the second floor and also lifts, ramps and toilet blocks for the differently abled.

“The premise will also get a dedicated bank branch and post office once the courts start functioning,” said an official. The department is awaiting a government directive to add two more floors that can house five more court halls.

The heritage building, spread over nearly 8,640 sq.ft., will also be restored at a cost of Rs. 4.8 crore.

The department plans to take up heritage restoration work in two months.

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