Litigants will no longer have to go to different offices for mediation and reconciliation as the district courts, Sector 43, is all set to inaugurate an Alternate Dispute Resolving (ADR) Centre, which will provide justice under one roof. Presently, the district courts have a separate room for mediation and reconciliation on the fourth floor and a permanent look adalat on the third floor, while the office of the Public Utility Services (PUS) which takes up cases pertaining to public issues is in Sector 17. Now, all offices will come under one roof where the litigants will be provided free legal aid starting November.
Sharing more details on the development, member secretary State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) UT, Mahavir Singh said, “It’s a very good move. Litigants now won’t have to visit different offices to file the cases. All they will have to do is visit the Alternated Dispute Resolving Center which is likely to be inaugurated in the first week of November in the District Courts, Sector 43.”
PUS usually takes up cases on issues which concern the public at large like water, electricity, natural gas, and telephone and telegraph communication. Elaborating on it further, chairman Public Utility Service VK Gupta asserted, “We receive complaints against many sectors. At the PUS we receive complaints about water, electricity, railways, bus service, banking, real-estate, environment, railways, health issues, telecom sector et al. The litigation cost is also quite less here. So, we provide speedy justice and once the orders are pronounced no appeals can be filed.”
The PUS has two para-legal volunteers (PLAs) offering free legal aid to the litigants in Sector 17 presently. “These PLAs draft the petition of the litigants as well so it saves a lot of time and money of the litigants. ,” added Gupta.