President Droupadi Murmu will inaugurate the country’s “largest” high court campus (in terms of area) on May 24 at Dhurwa in Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand.
The tender for the new high court complex in sprawling 165 acres had been floated in February 2015, and construction work began in June 2015, with a 30-month deadline (2017). However, after a long delay the structure would be finally inaugurated on Wednesday.
“In terms of area, it is larger than any of the high courts of India and even the Supreme Court (22 acres). The building has been built at a cost of Rs 550 crore, 500 CCTV cameras have been installed. In all 1,200 advocates will sit in two halls with separate 540 chambers and advocate general building separately,” said a senior official in the Jharkhand building construction department.
It has a library built in 30,000 square feet along with parking arrangements for 2,000 vehicles and 25 grand air-conditioned courtrooms have been set up for hearing cases. The library has more than five lakh legal books in which judges and other judicial officers can sit and study.
Three blocks have been made in the high court building on about 68 acres. The judicial block has two floors. Of these, a total of 13 courts, including the chief justice’s court have been constructed on the first floor, while 12 courts have been built on the second floor.
There is a separate chamber for typists. Apart from this, barracks have also been constructed for 70 policemen.
The advocate general’s office has been created separately. There will be a chamber of the advocate general, four additional advocates general and a chamber for 95 government advocates.
Apart from this, a conference hall has also been made to seat 30 people. The total construction area of the new high court building is around 68 acres, with parking, a courtroom, an advocate hall, a registry building and other arrangements.
A total of 4,436 saplings have been planted to keep the campus green. A post office, dispensary, railway booking counter and a crèche have also been constructed in the complex.
The campus will be lit by solar energy. About 60 per cent of the power supply in the entire region will be from solar energy only. For this, a 2,000 KVA solar power plant has been set up in the parking area.
Apart from this, 2,000 KV generators have also been installed to provide power backup, in which there is one 1,500 KV and two generators of 500-500 KV capacity.
Chairperson of Jharkhand State Bar Council, Rajendra Krishna said: “It is the largest in the country and is the pride for people of Jharkhand. It is a well-equipped high court for lawyers, judges and also litigants. We hope that justice is given from the new high court at the earliest so that public money does not go in vain.”