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New court complex in Egmore will be ready by month-end

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The restored heritage building will have 12 court halls with enhanced facilities

The Metropolitan Magistrate Courts in Egmore complex sport a new look and will be functional by this month-end.

The Public Works Department (PWD) has completed nearly 95% of the project to construct a five-storey building on the premises on Adithanar Salai. Work began two years ago, and the courts have been functioning out of the Allikulam Moore market complex since.

Initially, it was planned to construct a building with three floors replacing the dilapidated structures. However, more floors were added to accommodate 12 court halls with enhanced facilities, PWD officials said.

The new building, spread over 71,200 sq.ft., will have a waiting room for visitors, a dedicated space for the Egmore Bar Association, toilet blocks and will also include disabled-friendly features, such as ramps. There are plans to have a bank branch and post office once the courts start functioning. “We are carrying out ancillary works such as installation of lifts and painting. The building, constructed at a cost of ₹11 crore will be ready for occupation in a few days,” said an official.

Heritage restored

The century-old heritage building on the premises is also being restored. Spread over 8,640 sq.ft., the Indo-Saracenic style building is being renovated by skilled masons from Virudhunagar. “We are restoring the walls with Mughal plastering and have also fixed the leaky ceiling. Heritage flooring tiles procured from Mumbai have been provided to maintain the aesthetic appeal of the structure. We have managed to remove several alterations, including ceramic tiles and toilet blocks, and restore the building to its original look,” said an official.

Built in 1916, the building housed the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court at Egmore. The project, which was taken up at a cost of ₹4.8 crore, is nearing completion and final touches are

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