The rooftop open air cafeteria provided for by French architect Le Corbusier in the Punjab and Haryana High Court may soon see the light of day.
The spot earmarked for the cafeteria has so far been out of bounds but the Chandigarh Administration has plans to open it in mid-August not only for advocates but also litigants and even foreign tourists visiting the heritage High Court building.
The provision for the cafeteria is in the Master Plan but it was never operationalised. When it is open, it will offer a bird’s eye view of the city beautiful.
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Vijay Kumar Dev, Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator, on Monday announced in the high court complex that as a part of Le Corbusier’s centenary celebrations, the cafeteria would be inaugurated by mid-August.
The cafeteria would be run by CITCO. After seeking required permission from the building committee of the high court, the High Court Bar Association and the Chandigarh Administration are working on the modalities for seating, canopies and other infrastructure. Bar president Harpreet Singh Brar said that to accommodate the cafeteria, the CCTV camera control room and one more branch is being shifted from the rooftop. Entry for the cafeteria would be from Gate No. 1 in the old high court building.
The adviser was at the high court complex on invitation by the High Court Bar Association. He inaugurated the library lawn. Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner S B Deepak Kumar, SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill and DSP (traffic) Pawan Kumar were also present at the event.
Later addressing the bar association, the adviser said that while conserving heritage, one should not stop efforts to improve life of city residents with progressive steps. He lauded advocates’ role in society’s growth while assuring all cooperation to the Bar association for smooth dispensation of justice.
The Bar Association president thanked the adviser for agreeing in principle for provision of rain shelter and two golf carts for making the high court complex a traffic-free zone. The Bar Association also submitted a charter of demands to the adviser, seeking land for group housing society near the high court, land for advocates’ chambers, extension of parking facilities, additional buses exclusively for advocates from the high court to Tricity, shed from multi-level parking to Gate No. 5 of high court building and installation of CCTV cameras in parkings.
The Chandigarh Administration in a press release later stated that it had approved the work for some of the impending works of the court, including multi-level parking and group housing for lawyers.