After operating from rented premises for years,the city family court will finally get a permanent structure. A new multistorey building would come up on the plot situated opposite the district court in Shivajinagar.
The state government has granted funds for this purpose after district judge Vijay Achliya had taken up the matter with the Bombay Law and Judiciary Department.
The Bombay Law and Judiciary Department has given administrative approval for constructing the new building. Rs 10.50 crore is the estimated expenditure for the construction of the new state-of-the-art structure.
According to the district court officials,the state government godown,situated opposite the district court,will be razed to give way to the new court. A total of eight courts would be housed in the new building. Work on demolishing the godown is currently underway. The construction of the new building would start within three months.
The family court is currently housed at Bharati Vidyapeeth Bhavan near Alka chowk. The court was in news recently after the owners of the premises Bharati Vidyapeeth University issued it a notice for non-payment of rent and forwarded the copies of the same to the principal judge of the family court,secretary of the Public Works Department,secretary of the Bar Council of Goa and Maharashtra,registrar general of the Bombay High Court and the revenue secretary. The notice mentioned that the court defaulted to the tune of Rs 20.76 lakh.
Advocate Sunil Honrao said,It is good that the court is housed in Shivajinagar as it is easily accessible due to its central location.
Speaking on the benefits of the new court building,Advocate S K Jain said,The current premises in Bharati Vidyapeeth Bhavan does not have adequate space for library,advocates and litigants. More courts can be introduced in the new building to speed up disposals and more staff can provide better services to litigants.