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₹700-crore project to clean up courts

The project, which is ostensibly on the lines of the Centre's flagship scheme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, would be undertaken by NITI Aayog and the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation along with the justice department.

A ₹700-crore project to have clean courts, right from the Supreme Court, High courts to the 3,388 lower courts, has been proposed.

In a pre-launch function of the Swachh Nyayalaya project at the apex court on Friday, Supreme Court judge, Justice Madan B. Lokur said besides construction and maintenance of washrooms in over 16,000 court rooms, a mechanism needs to be devised to deal with garbage and also to weed out old case files.

The project would be inaugurated on the occasion of Law Day on November 26 by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The project, which is ostensibly on the lines of the Centre's flagship scheme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, would be undertaken by NITI Aayog and the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation along with the justice department.

"The idea behind this Swachh Nyayalaya is to have those general clean up in terms of maintenance, in terms of house keeping issues, of course, providing toilets, washrooms and all that is one of the aspects of housekeeping and maintenance but equally important are issues of garbage disposal," Justice Lokur aid. He stressed the need to take up the project in "broad perspective" and said it should not remain confined to toilets and washrooms only.

"You see we have a process of weeding out of files, so when a case gets disposed of, it is not that it is going to be there forever. Of course, there are certain categories of cases which needs to be there forever, which are of historical importance, and so on but if you are in a position to weed out the files on a regular basis, there is a lot of space that can be generated," Justice Lokur pointed out.

He then gave the example of the apex court and said that by weeding out old and unnecessary files, a large bar room has been made here. Justice Lokur did not agree with the deadline of 2020 fixed by government agencies to complete the Swachh Nyayalaya project and said that it can be completed within a span of six months and asked the agencies to include PWD also with the project. The function, in which a presentation was made about the project, was attended by Chief Justice Gogoi, Justices Kurian Joseph and A.K. Sikri.

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