The freshly painted mediation centre on civil court premises in Ranchi on Tuesday. (Hardeep Singh)
Efforts made by Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice R. Banumathi for a revamp of civil court premises in Ranchi will yield visible results by June-end.
The facelift of the Kutchery Chowk landmark, hosting no less than 10,000 people on a working day, will come at a cost of Rs 2.27 crore.
Junior engineer of building construction department Anil Kumar on Tuesday said though some of the buildings of the court had been freshly painted, drains unclogged and a regular garbage disposal system installed, much work remained to be done.
“All buildings will receive a fresh coat of paint. An overhead water tank and separate restrooms for men and women will be constructed in place of the lone toilet that exists here currently,” Kumar added.
The junior engineer added that the building construction department, which is carrying out the civil court’s renovation on Banumathi’s order, would need another three months to finish the work.
“Once the civil court premises is completely spruced up, we have plans to put up a shaded parking lot in front of the magistrate building. The advocates won’t be allowed to use the space in front to keep their tables and chairs,” Kumar said.
The chief justice had visited the civil court premises on November 23 to inaugurate a lok adalat. Appalled by the condition in which 1,000-odd lawyers and judiciary staff worked, she directed the administrative wing headed by the registrar to ensure immediate reprieve.
Soon, mounds of garbage were removed, drains dredged up, trees trimmed and the mediation centre on the civil court premises painted.
Since then, garbage is being cleared regularly.
A civil court lawyer expressed his satisfaction over the facelift exercise.
“The civil court literally looks civilised now. It’s no long a garbage dump. The stench is gone and we feel much better when we attend to our duties. We are all waiting eagerly for the upgraded facilities,” he said.