One-and-a-half years after the district court complex was shifted to the new complex in Sector 43, it seems that the parking problems being faced by the litigants have no end. The vacant ground between the court complex and judicial academy was supposed to have a multi-level parking, proposed when the courts were shifted. However, red-tapism has marred the construction.
In a meeting which was held in June headed by Justice Rajive Bhalla, Justice Jaswant Singh and Justice Ritu Bahri along with the sessions judge, the UT Chief Engineer S K Chadha and representatives of other concerned departments, it was decided that the administration would start work by the first week of July.
Sources said that the administration was also asked to demarcate a temporary parking site for the litigants till the construction was underway. The representatives of the Architecture Department had asked the high court’s building committee for temporary arrangement to be made opposite the ISBT-43, on the other side of the court complex. However, when asked about the same to UT Chief Engineer S K Chadha, he said, “ We have prepared a budget of Rs 56 crore for the parking area. However, we can only execute those projects which are less than Rs 50 crore. So, we have sent the budget proposal to the Department of Finance of the UT Administration for getting the amount sanctioned.”Chadha added that the file was yet to pass through many levels including the administrator, UT Home Department, finance secretary, and Ministry of Home Affairs among others. “This will take about six months and only after we get all the approvals, can the construction begin.”
Meanwhile, the residents who are visiting the court are being affected. A security official posted at the district court entrance from the proposed parking area said, “Every day, there are so many people falling from their vehicles as the area is uneven. The senior citizens are the most affected. It is difficult for them to drive on such uneven surface and also to walk all the way to the entrance in the scorching heat.” When asked about levelling the place, engineer Chadha said, “We level it but it becomes uneven after rain. We keep doing it.” The security officials, however, said that no one had gone to the parking place for a long time.
The traffic police officials are also in a fix over the situation. An official said, “We ask people to not park on the road but they say that it is impossible to take the vehicle to the lot. They are also right. But if we do not stop them, the judges put a question mark on our functioning. How many vehicles will we toe?” The courts had shifted from Sector 17 to Sector 43 on January 25, 2013.